New Deal/WPA Art in White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Most of the post office works of art were funded under the Treasury Department's Section commissions. Those works that were created using TRAP funds are so indicated. Although the WPA funded the construction of post office buildings, the artwork was not WPA but was usually produced under the Section or TRAP programs.

White Bear Lake, MN Post Office
"Early Voyageurs at Portage" - tempera
by Nellie G. Best (1940)

The mural is currently "missing." It is thought that the entire wall with the mural was cut out in the late 1970s - early 1980's when the old
Post Office was remodeled. The location of this mural is unknown.

These images are courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz

Thanks to Jimmy Emerson who contributed the photographs and information.

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