November 18 and 19, PBS aired the latest Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl. The 2 part film about the Dust bowl period has already met with positive reviews, namely Burns' ability to "humanize it with experiences of real people of the period" and his presentation of "a cautionary story about human interference with the environment."
The documentary has also revived interest in a subject that has seen little star power, with the exception of John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and its film adaptation. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City recently featured the exhibit "The awfullest dust we ever did see: Images of the Dust Bowl."
You can find information about the Dust Bowl at the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Wessels Living History Farm, and NASA, or you can check out our display on the first floor of the library. A screening of The Dust Bowl is also currently featured on the video monitor above the display. You can also check your local PBS schedule to find times for re-airings of the documentary.
|Dust Bowl display at the SE Library|