Conway County Library lunch

As part of a year-long Centennial Celebration, the Conway County Library will offer a Great Depression themed Lunch & Learn at noon Wednesday, March 9.

Kristi Davis, regional development campaign manager for Heart of Arkansas United Way, will be the guest speaker and will talk about the impact the Great Depression of the 1930s had on people and families in Arkansas and across the country.

Davis will also speak about the history of the United Way, which was founded in 1887 by Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J.O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman who created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred.

Katherine Foust and the Adelaide Club will sponsor a gift basket filled with examples of staples from the Great Depression era, such as homemade jams and jellies, homemade canned goods and homemade bread. Stop by in March to enter the drawing for the basket.

The Witt cabinet will have on display items prominent during this historic period, such as Depression era glass, ration books and photographs.

Call the library at 501.354.5204 for more information on this historically significant program and help celebrate the library’s 100th anniversary.