Massive economic dislocation. Millions out of work. An economy in shambles. The burning question was, of course, what to do? In Wisconsin, despite many different work programs on Federal, State and County levels, there were still thousands of people, often women, unable to find work. The Milwaukee Handicraft Project (MHP), was one of the most innovative and successful Depression-era work programs in the US. Between late 1935 and early 1942, it employed around 5,000 women, teaching them how to make wooden and cloth toys, dolls, woodblock prints, furniture, fabrics, book binding and theatre costumes.