MANTEO – Despite the Great Depression, the 1930s were times of great change in Dare County. The building of roads and bridges, improvements to national historic sites and a resourceful community reshaped the landscape and set a new course for the future. The region also gained national prominence. On Oct. 23, from 3 – 5 p.m., the Outer Banks History Center will present a “sneak peek” of an exhibit opening March 1, 2013, that tells this story: Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination. The preview is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
During the 1930s, the Wright Memorial Bridge opened the area to automobile traffic while new hotels catered to the traveling public. Workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) literally changed the landscape by constructing sand dunes. The Kill Devil Hills Monument (now Wright Brothers National Memorial) was dedicated while the county saw its first local newspaper, public library, airport, and fishing pier. President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to witness the birth of outdoor symphonic drama at the Waterside Theater with the debut of Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony.”
At the open house the History Center staff is especially interested in hearing stories from people who lived in Dare County during this time-and in identifying artifacts for loan to add interest to the exhibit.
This program is one of many that will be presented at archival institutions throughout North Carolina during “Archives Week,” October 22-28. October is National Archives Month.
This event and the exhibit to come are made possible by support from the Outer Banks Community Foundation (Frank Stick Memorial Fund) and the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center.