Minnesota's Greatest Generation

The Depression

The depression grabbed hold of Minnesota—and the rest of the country—during the earliest months of the 1930s, and did not let go for nearly a decade. The children who lived through those years never forgot what it was like. The experience shaped their lives.

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Childhood Years

What was it like to grow up during the 1920s and the Great Depression?

Country Kids

Life on the farm has always been a challenge, but during the Depression, Minnesota's farmers faced greater odds.


Those who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps made major contributions in building Minnesota.