Exhibition Gallery 

Handmade for Hard Times: The Milwaukee Handicraft Project On View Through June 15, 2014
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The Great Depression of the 1930s caused massive personal and economic devastation world-wide. In Wisconsin, despite many different government programs, countless people were unable to find work. The Milwaukee Handicraft Project (MHP) employed thousands of women, teaching them to make wooden and cloth toys, furniture, books, and more. It became a national model, boosting morale and giving its workers skills that they never knew they had.

Related Programs

Exhibition Programs
Thursday, April 10 | 6:30
History of the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, Jackie Schweitzer, Milwaukee Public Museum

Thursday, May 1 | 6:30
Alphabet Soup for the Soul: Depression-Era Work Relief Programs in Milwaukee, John Gurda, Milwaukee Historian

Thursday, May 15 | 6:30
Dolls of the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, Charles J. Waisbren, MD, MHP Collector

Thursday, June 5 | 6:30
Novel, Nourishing, and Necessary: Milwaukee’s Handicraft Project, Graeme Reid, MOWA Director of Exhibitions | Collections