Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum
1940 exhibit at Snoqualmie Valley Museum
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Snoqualmie Valley in 1940: A Record in Time

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Snoqualmie Valley Record

Movie Poster
In 1940 the nation was recovering economically from the Great Depression, participating in New Deal Recovery Programs and electing Franklin D. Roosevelt as president for a third term. News reports described war activities ongoing in Europe. It was the year the 1940 U.S. census was completed. The current display focuses on the year, 1940, in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Gone with the Wind, Academy Award Winning movie, for the year, was featured at the local Brook Movie Theatre. Glen Miller’s tune, In the Mood, played on family radios and photographs. The Lake Washington Floating Bridge was dedicated. McDonalds opened their first restaurant in California.

The Snoqualmie Valley Record, the local newspaper still reporting, provided rich detail of the daily lives of the communities in the Snoqualmie Valley during the year 1940. Their reports are reflected in the current display.

News of the War

Readers of the Snoqualmie Valley Record were learning of war time activities happening in Europe. The paper printed letters from families and neighbors in England which described how they had to adapt to life with bombs exploding in their midst. Community organizations sponsored Frank Drake Davison, a popular lecturer, to speak at public programs to provide information about war activities in Europe.

Community groups organized to prepare and send care packages to England. Membership in the Red Cross was encouraged and the introduction of the draft was instituted. More war time news from the world and the Valley Record continued throughout the year.

Frank Davidson   Red Cross Membership Card
1940 U.S. Census

Life Magazine
The 1940 Census was taken in April, 1940. The census included questions about internal migration, employment status, participation in New Deal Recovery Programs, and years of education. More than 120,000 census takers, or enumerators, went door to door gathering information. The 1940 Census used over 175,000 maps as guides for enumerators so they could visit every house, building, tent, or cabin where a person might be living.

The data was transferred from census forms onto punch cards and tabulated. Newspapers and radio shared the news of the 1940 Census results. They reported that 132.2 million people lived in the U.S.

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