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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.