Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine What: The Chisholm Trail Museum will host Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916-1917, September 1 through November 22, 2019. This traveling exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center features images from social reform photographer Lewis Hine (1874–1940). Hine spent thirty years photographing child labor across the United States. Hired by the National Child Labor Committee, Hine photographed children working in factories, mills, coal mines, farms, and in the streets to bring awareness to the abuse of child labor in early nineteenth-century America. Children were often severely injured or fatally wounded by the unsafe working conditions. Most of the children were kept out of school, and many were illiterate. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine photographed in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Lawton, Shawnee, Okmulgee, Sulphur, and a few other communities. When: September 1 – November 22, 2019 Where: Chisholm Trail Museum
Photographing the Plains, Depression Era Oklahoma What: The Chisholm Trail Museum will host Photographing the Plains, Depression Era Oklahoma, February 1 through May 31, 2020. This traveling exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center features images from social reform photographer Lewis Hine (1874–1940). The Farm Security Administration formed in 1937 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Roy Stryker was hired in 1935 to head the Historical Section and establish a photo documentary project that would provide photographs to public relations outlets, including newspapers and magazines. Stryker would initially hire Arthur Rothstein, Theo Jung, Ben Shahn, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Carl Mydans, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, John Vachon, and John Collier. He would also hire other photographers during his tenure, most notably Gordon Parks, Esther Bubley and Edwin and Louise Rosskam.
During the run of the project, from the early days of the RA (1935-36), to the FSA (1937-42) and later as the Office of War Information (1942-45), approximately 175,000 black and white negatives and 1600 color transparencies were produced.
The photographs in this exhibit represent a sample by the six photographers who visited Oklahoma, or photographed displaced Oklahomans looking for work and date from 1936 to 1943. Russell Lee visited the state and produced around 1600 images, whereas Marion Post Wolcott captured a mere handful of images of Oklahomans working in the oil fields of Kansas.
When: February 1 - May 31, 2020 Where: Chisholm Trail Museum
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