A multimedia performance – In Time for the Postman, by playwright Phillip Gerson. Directed by Bobby Norm Harris with actors Scotty Gannon, Joy Ovington, and Bowen Craig. Based on the book, Letters From the Dust Bowl, by Caroline Henderson, this one-act play/reading portrays life in the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, and catches a brief glimpse into the life of Caroline Henderson. Dr. John Patrick Bray, Lecturer of Dramatic Writing at UGA, introduces the animated staged reading of the play.

Athens-Clarke County Library commissioned the writing of this dramatic performance as part of the exhibit, Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry. The exhibit was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the libraries of Oklahoma State University and Mount Holyoke College. The exhibition and tour were made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. We are very grateful to everyone who undertook this project and gave of their time, efforts and talents. 

Recorded May 16, 2015 by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning at Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens GA.



Documenting The Dust Bowl: Photojournalism,

Propaganda, and the Democratization of Photography

Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm

Appleton Auditorium

Athens-Clarke County Library

2025 Baxter Street, Athens GA

706-613-3650 x343

RSL presents a special program at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Thursday, May 28. Mark E Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism from the University of Georgia, will talk about the photography and photographers from the New Deal’s Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration who documented the Great Depression - and particularly the Dust Bowl - during the 1930s. Johnson has worked as a photojournalist and editor for the wire services and publications throughout the northeast. He now teaches photojournalism at the Henry W Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA, and is a frequent lecturer at journalism conferences around the country. The lecture will be streamed live HERE

Opening immediately after the lecture, in the upstairs Quiet Gallery, is an exhibition of reproductions of photographs of the dust bowl. The photographers who took on this work not only documented the terrible damage to the environment, but also to the lives of the inhabitants. Featured are the works of Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange and others, including her most famous image, Migrant Mother. There will be a reception outside the Appleton Auditorium following the lecture, and the exhibition may be seen through Saturday, June 27. The program is free and open to the public.

This program is part of a larger event at Athens-Clarke County Library, Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry, a series of programs designed to help public audiences engage in discussions about the human and ecological consequences of one of America’s most disastrous environmental experience, developed by he American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library, and the Mount Holyoke College Library, and was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to RSL’s program, there will be a special showing of the Ken Burns dust bowl film, an original one-act play, In Time for The Postman, talks by Glenn Ames and other speakers, and activities for kids and young adults. Please visit http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens/news/newsletter for more information.

Internationally recognized Athens artist Margaret Agner gives a talk on the art of silk painting, accompanied by a live demonstration of her technique, and illustrated by over 80 images of Agner’s work. This program was followed by a reception for an exhibition of her work, including several new pieces.

This exhibition may be seen in the upstairs Quiet Gallery and Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library. It focuses on her beautiful and delicate images of flowers and butterflies, and will remain on view through May 24.

Margaret's hand-painted hangings can be used to cover walls or to hang, waving in the air currents, in mid-air, suspended from two points in the ceiling. The long ones are great for stair wells or tall rooms. They are very lightweight. Margaret's subject matter leans heavily to the natural in the floral and butterfly/moth topics. These lend themselves to the unpredictable veining that occurs in the underpainting. From this beginning, the work develops in detail and contrast as the artist uses resists and thickened dyes to refine the image. The final touches are applied with calligraphic strokes and thickened dye.