Oklahoma State University

Soul of a People Series Concludes

Free lecture and documentary screening

October 16, 2009
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -This fall the OSU Library concludes the Soul of a People series with two final programs. This is a continuation of last spring’s programs, which examines the WPA, the Federal Writers’ Project and Depression-era Oklahoma.

“This is a good opportunity for people to learn more about Oklahoma in the 1930s, the WPA and the Federal Writers' Project, and their role in shaping the way Americans look at their history and their cultural heritage,” OSU Librarian David Oberhelman said.

Dr. Bill Bryans, OSU history professor, will give a historical account of the WPA cultural projects, known as “Federal One,” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22, in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room. The “Federal One” project focuses on the Federal Writers’ Project, which gave relief to thousands of needy writers, journalists and teachers. Bryans’ lecture will also feature clips from the documentary Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story.

A free public screening of the full two-part documentary will be held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8, in the Stillwater Public Library.

This series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities secured by OSU Librarians Oberhelman and Barbara Miller.

Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story is a major documentary television program about the Federal Writers’ Project produced by Spark Media, Washington, D.C., and broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel HD. Soul of a People programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

For more information about this or other OSU Library programs, visit www.library.okstate.edu/news or call 405-744-7331.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall09/bryans.htm
Last Updated: 10 March 2010