Dust Brothers

Picture 1Recollective producer Chaela Herridge-Meyer found this great film on YouTube while she was doing research for “Treece, Kansas: Ghost Town in the Making.”  Produced by noted Great Depression era photographer Sheldon Dick, “Men and Dust” was shown at the conclusion of the 1940 Tri-State Silicosis Conference in Joplin, Missouri.  Attendees of the conference included industry and labor leaders and Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. The film is a surprisingly experimental exposé based on the findings of the Tri-State Survey Committee.  It highlights the danger of silicosis, a debilitating lung disease from inhaling the dust produced from mining lead and zinc.

On May 19, you can hear The Recollective’s take on the former mining town of Treece, Kansas when it airs on Kansas Public Radio’s KPR Presents.


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