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Elizabethtown Museum Offers Great Depression Exhibit

The Winters Heritage House in Elizabethtown, is running an exhibit that explores the Great Depression of the 1930s and its effects on our area’s people, manufacturing and agriculture.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of 1930s Elizabethtown through photographs, recorded memories, and written information. There are several interactive exhibits that require visitor participation. The exhibit leaves the viewer with an understanding of how the Great Depression began, who was most affected by it, and how people managed to overcome a decade of struggle.

Many banks began to fail in October 1930 when farmers defaulted on loans. There was no federal deposit insurance during that time as bank failures were considered a normal part of economic life. Worried depositors started to withdraw savings, so the money multiplier worked in reverse.

The exhibit runs now through Sept. 20 during museum hours (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) and by appointment. A farewell evening event with refreshments is planned for Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Winters Heritage House Museum is located near the square at 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown. The museum can be reached by calling 717-3674672, or emailing Winters-HH@ElizabethtownHistory.org.

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