Field Trip Quests: The Great Depression

Field Trip Quests: The Great Depression

The Great Depression

Search for items that will help Minnesotans struggling with money during the Great Depression.

Level 1: Find two items that help each Minnesotan with their needs.

Level 2: Find two more items that help each Minnesotan with their needs.

Digital Artifacts

Ax

Chopping firewood was hard work, and it took a sharp ax to get the job done. It was important to have enough firewood for the long Minnesota winter. For some families, their only source of heat was the fireplace. Every summer, someone had to chop enough wood for the whole year.

Ax

Chopping firewood was hard work, and it took a sharp ax to get the job done. It was important to have enough firewood for the long Minnesota winter. For some families, their only source of heat was the fireplace. Every summer, someone had to chop enough wood for the whole year.

Boy Scout Rifle

Some people hunted for squirrels and rabbits during the Depression. That's because they couldn’t afford to buy meat. This was especially common among people who lived in the countryside. A Boy Scout rifle like this one is good for hunting small game.

Boy Scout Rifle

Some people hunted for squirrels and rabbits during the Depression. That's because they couldn’t afford to buy meat. This was especially common among people who lived in the countryside. A Boy Scout rifle like this one is good for hunting small game.

Crystal Radio

This radio didn't need electricity to tune in local stations. It was powered by radio waves. It was common for magazines to print instructions on how to build your own. However, the signal on crystal radios was usually weak and kind of hard to hear.

Crystal Radio

This radio didn't need electricity to tune in local stations. It was powered by radio waves. It was common for magazines to print instructions on how to build your own. However, the signal on crystal radios was usually weak and kind of hard to hear.

Footlocker

When young men joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, they moved to a camp. In CCC camps, they worked on building roads, bridges, and protecting the Minnesota wilderness. Footlockers gave them a place to keep their clothes in camp. It was called a footlocker because it was a locker that was kept at the foot of the bed.

Footlocker

When young men joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, they moved to a camp. In CCC camps, they worked on building roads, bridges, and protecting the Minnesota wilderness. Footlockers gave them a place to keep their clothes in camp. It was called a footlocker because it was a locker that was kept at the foot of the bed.

Milk Pail

Milk was really important for kids' health during the Great Depression. Milking cows was usually the kid's job on the farm. Everyone had to work to help the family survive. Some families could have starved during the Great Depression if they didn't grow their own food.

Milk Pail

Milk was really important for kids' health during the Great Depression. Milking cows was usually the kid's job on the farm. Everyone had to work to help the family survive. Some families could have starved during the Great Depression if they didn't grow their own food.

Oil Lamp

What if you didn't have electricity at your house? While most people in the city had electric lights, many people in the country didn't. They used oil lamps instead. The light from oil lamps is brighter than a candle but not as bright as electric lights.

Oil Lamp

What if you didn't have electricity at your house? While most people in the city had electric lights, many people in the country didn't. They used oil lamps instead. The light from oil lamps is brighter than a candle but not as bright as electric lights.

Paper Doll

In the 1930s, paper dolls were popular because they were cheap to make. Little girls found dresses in magazines or could draw their own dresses for their dolls. But paper dolls were also easier to wreck. Kids needed to make sure their dolls didn't get wet or torn.

Paper Doll

In the 1930s, paper dolls were popular because they were cheap to make. Little girls found dresses in magazines or could draw their own dresses for their dolls. But paper dolls were also easier to wreck. Kids needed to make sure their dolls didn't get wet or torn.

Wagon

Wagons were popular toys in the 1930s. Kids rode around in them like a toy car, using the handle like a steering wheel and coasting down hills. Kids and parents also used wagons for carrying things around. This was helpful when they needed to walk to the grocery store.

Wagon

Wagons were popular toys in the 1930s. Kids rode around in them like a toy car, using the handle like a steering wheel and coasting down hills. Kids and parents also used wagons for carrying things around. This was helpful when they needed to walk to the grocery store.