Worthington Bandshell and Worthington War Memorial Building/County Library

The Worthington Bandshell is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the result of a nomination I wrote. The NRHP plaque  has been put on the bandshell; it is just above its original (Works Progress Administration) WPA National Youth Administration plaque recognizing the bandshell as a WPA/NYA project.

The Worthington War Memorial Building/County Library building is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. I wrote  the nomination and saw it through the nomination and listing process. This listing recognizes its history as the only building in Minnesota built through the State of Minnesota War Memorial Building statute (Minnesota Statutes 1945, Section 373.053) and its ties to the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) Statewide Library Project.

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About Barb Sommer

Barbara W. Sommer, M.A., has over thirty-five years of experience in the oral history field. She has been principal investigator and director of more than twenty major oral community history projects and has taught oral history in post-secondary and community settings. She has presented keynote addresses at a number of regional oral history conferences, is a presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and is a long-time member of the Oral History Association (OHA) where she served in several leadership positions. She is the author and co-author of several key publications in the field including The Oral History Manual (3rd edition 2018), The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard (2008), the Community Oral History Toolkit (2013), Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations (2015), and Doing Veterans Oral History (2015). She also is the author of the award-winning book Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota (2008). She holds degrees from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.