• Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 7:30pm

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:00pm


    Benzonia Academy Lecture Series at the Mills Community House

    From Depression Poverty to Wartime Prosperity: Photographs of Michigan 1935-1943
    by Prof. Constance Schultz

    Between 1935 and 1943 a small agency of the federal government created a file of 150,000 photographs which documented the journey of America's "greatest generation" from the depths of the depression to the enormous efforts made on the home front in support of winning WWII. Over 2500 of these images are of Michigan. The photographs are now available for all to see on the Library of Congress web site.  Dr. Constance B. Schulz, whose late husband Carl O. Schulz was born in Benzie County in 1941 when his father Rev. Ormund Schulz was pastor of the Benzonia Congregational Church, will give a slide talk about the Farm Security Administration which created the photographs, and illustrate how the photographers represented Michigan in that crucial period of the state's economic history. She will have copies of her book, Michigan Remembered: Photographs from the FSA and the Office of War Information, 1936-1943 (Wayne State University Press, 2001) available for autograph and sale.  Dr. Schulz, who received her PhD in American History from the University of Cincinnati, is retired from directing the Public History MA program and teaching Archives Administration at the University of South Carolina. She has published five books from the FSA collection of photographs, most recently Maryland in Black and White (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).