The 1930s was a decade of great challenges and changes for Minnesota and the nation. The Great Depression, which began with the stock market crash of 1929, brought widespread unemployment, poverty, and social unrest to millions of Americans. Minnesota was hit hard by the economic crisis, as industries such as farming, logging, mining, and milling declined or shut down. Many families lost their homes and farms, and had to rely on government relief programs or charity for survival.
But despite the hardships, Minnesotans also found ways to cope and adapt to their new circumstances. They developed a strong sense of community and solidarity, as they helped each other through mutual aid societies, cooperatives, labor unions, and political movements. They also sought entertainment and escape from their troubles at Minnesota’s parks and lakes.