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Alaska’s Matanuska Valley: An Experiment in Socialism

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter: Marty Sherman          During the 30s, Alaska needed people to farm the Matanuska Valley east of Anchorage. At the same time, the Dust Bowl made it impossible for farmers to make a living in the central US. The government selected families from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and moved them to the Valey. Everything was to be done cooperatively: the colonists would sell crops to the co-op and be given wooden money (bingles) or credit to buy goods. The experiment failed, but many colonists did settle in the Valley.

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Date:
March 3
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
7760 US-101
Gleneden Beach, OR
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Phone:
(541) 764-3600
Website:
http://www.salishan.com/