Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Childhood Years

Stories from people who grew up during the 1920s and the Great Depression.

Learn more about growing up during the Great Depression

Not All Doom and Gloom

As parents were using their ingenuity to guide their families safely through the dark days of the Great Depression, their children were creating their own fun.


Getting By

The children of the Great Depression learned of necessity to be resourceful, wearing hand-me-down clothing, going without luxuries of any kind and, at times, going without meals.


Making a Contribution

During the Depression, many children held paying jobs to help their families.