Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345

Hours

Closed until May 26, 2018 except for special events. Call 320-616-5421 for group tours and school field trips year-round.
 
May 26 - Sept 3, 2018:
Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
September 2018:
Sat 10 am-5 pm
 
 

 

Admission

  • $8 adults
  • $6 seniors
  • $6 veterans and active military
  • $6 college students
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members

Contact

320-616-5421

Depression and New Deal

On Oct. 29, 1929, the U. S. stock market crashed. Banks failed, people lost their jobs, homes and in many cases their dignity. By 1932, one-quarter of the U.S. workforce was out of work. In Minnesota, unemployment was even higher at 29 percent and as much as 70 percent on the Iron Range.

In 1933, newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt begin to ask Congress to pass a series of legislative measures creating a radical overhaul of government economic programs, which came to be known as the "New Deal." Unemployment relief was most urgently needed. From 1935 to 1942, more than 8 million individuals went to work as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Throughout Minnesota and the United States, workers served hot lunches, built roads, sewers and bridges, taught literacy classes, constructed clothing for the needy, collected oral histories, staged plays and concerts, wrote school curricula, created memorable artwork and constructed park and recreational buildings for public use.

WPA projects in Little Falls, the Morrison County seat, began in 1936. These projects included a water purification plant (now city hall), an extensive fence around Pine Grove Zoo, a recreational city park, several water mains, tree plantings, the construction of the “Valhalla” visitor’s residence and perimeter fence at Camp Ripley and the repair of the boyhood home of Charles A. Lindbergh and the creation of a surrounding park.