Nebraska's Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal (Hardcover)

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As a part of the New Deal that offered hope during the Great Depression, scores of public art projects were commissioned around the country. Now they are among the most enduring visual legacies of that era. Twelve Nebraska post offices were chosen to receive individualized murals from the program. Nebraska's Post Office Murals presents the story of these valuable historical pieces.

Richly illustrated with color fold-outs and never-before-published artists' sketches, the book reveals the personalities, conflicts, and spirit of the times from which the art emerged. Each of the artists commissioned to paint the murals had a background story. Author Robert Puschendorf, NSHS associate director and the deputy state historic preservation officer, follows the journey of each mural to its completion.

Praise For…

"Across Nebraska, small town post offices still house gems of regional art. This book brings these murals to a larger audience. This is a fascinating and enlightening exploration of a beauty in the midst of hard times."—Bill Ganzel,author of Dust Bowl Descent

"Robert Puschendorf digs deeply into the layers of this nation's first government art patronage program, exploring its origins and its evolution during the Great Depression. Through the political and bureaucratic morass, he diligently uncovers within the state's WPA-built post offices, a rich Nebraska legacy of regional art murals."—Sharon Kennedy, Curator of Cultural and Civic Engagement, Sheldon Museum of Art

Product Details
ISBN: 9780933307339
ISBN-10: 0933307330
Publisher: History Nebraska
Publication Date: September 1st, 2012
Pages: 120
Language: English
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