"Soul Of A People" Library Event Kicks Off March 28 In Kirkwood


1930s-themed presentations at train station


March 20, 2009
Kirkwood Public Library is holding a six-part program entitled "Soul of A People - Writing America's Story" beginning with a kickoff on Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Kirkwood Train Station, Argonne Drive and Kirkwood Road.

Presentations planned for March 28 include:



  • Introduction to the 1930s and the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) by Kathleen Nigro, PhD.


  • Memories of the 1930s by six Kirkwood senior citizens


  • Home life and apparel of the 1930s by Carol Ann Miller


  • 1930s train travel and Kirkwood train culture by Kirkwood Station Volunteers


  • American automobiles of the 30s by Bob Deuschle


  • Swing dance instruction by Kirkwood dance instructor


  • Fireside chat with President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Jonathan Hickman


  • Return of the "Green Hornet" by Kirkwood Library staff


  • Quilts of the 1930s by Joan Deuschle




There will be numerous displays including computer access to Works Progress Administration (WPA) art projects, life histories and slave narratives, music from the '30s and three cars from the 1930s in the parking lot.

Phone the library at 821-5770 ext. 20 to sign up for future programs:



  • Introduction to the WPA, the Federal Writers' Project and Missouri: A Guide to the "Showme" State, Wednesday, April 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kirkwood Historical Society.


  • American Life as Revealed by the Federal Writers' Project, Thursday, April 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kirkwood Historical Society.


  • The Literature of Zora Neale Hurston, Thursday, May 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kirkwood Historical Society.


  • Excerpts from "Soul of a People" and the Legacy of the Federal Writers' Project, Wednesday, May 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kirkwood Historical Society.


  • Kirkwood Walk, June 6, 2009, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




"Soul of A People" is made possible by a grant given to the library by the National Endowment for the Humanities with coordination by the American Library Association. Programs support a 90-minute documentary by Spark Media which will be aired on the Smithsonian Channel HD in Fall 2009.

The film and library program will acquaint audiences with the story of the largest cultural experiment in U.S. history, the Federal Writers' Project, told against the backdrop of the Depression and 1930s America.

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