The Great Depression crippled new industry in Mississippi, leaving thousands without jobs. How would people adapt to these changing times? The average Mississippian made less than ten dollars a month, so families grew their own food and hunted to survive. World War II brought further transformations as more than ten percent of the state's population signed up for military service.
- Explore how New Deal programs put Mississippians back to work and established the first state parks.
- Mail a postcard to your friends from the replica 1930s general store.
- See a baseball glove owned by "Willie" Mitchell—the Mississippi native who once struck out Babe Ruth.
- Watch an automated cotton picker in action, and learn how mechanization changed agriculture across the South.