Patterson Branch Library to host travel exhibition - FOX34 Lubbock

Patterson Branch Library to host travel exhibition

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The Patterson Branch Library will host The Age of Progressive Reform: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917, a national traveling exhibition, on display from Thursday, March 15, 2018 to Thursday, April 12, 2018. In the thirty-five years before 1900, America was transformed into a modern, industrial society. Thousands of unskilled workers labored for new corporations and deep divides separated wealthy capitalists and poor workers.

Urban growth paralleled industrial development. Cities also became home to communities of workers and migrants from all over the world. For many, the new industrial order ruptured past ways of life. During the Progressive Era (1900-1917) a broad-ranging reform movement worked to make government more democratic, to lessen the effects of industrialization, and to regulate business.

The Age of Progressive Reform: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917 was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and curated by Kirsten Swinth, Magis Distinguished Professor of History and Director of American Studies Program at Fordham University.

The exhibition has been displayed at schools, museums, libraries, and historic sites across the country. “We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Melissa Barber, Branch Manager. “Through reproductions of letters, cartoons, pictures, and broadsides, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about reform movements that took place during the Progressive Era. We hope this exhibition will help our communitygain a deeper understanding of America’s transformation into a modern, industrial society.”

The Patterson Branch Library is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. 

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