Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Betty J. Carr
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Betty Carr was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from Macalester College with a chemistry degree, she did research on synthetic rubber for two years during the World War II. Carr married, started a family, and moved to Richfield. She was very active in the local community, particularly as an observer of the school board in the Richfield League of Women Voters, a member of the Charter Commission, and as a reporter for the Richfield News. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Synthetic rubber research during the war; women's roles in a wartime laboratory; prewar construction compared to postwar construction; postwar Richfield demographics; neighborhood community; expansion and history of the Richfield public school system; stability of neighborhoods; suburban shopping opportunities; socialization and entertainment; debate over constructing municipal sewer and water systems; transformation from a rural to urban community; city recreation projects; Charter Commission; city politics; recent demographic changes; 1951 tornado; impact of highway construction; adjustments to school district borders; impact of the airport on Richfield; quality of Richfield schools.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
30 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 80 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Carr, Betty
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 04/24/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 114
Accession Number AV2008.27.5
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era'

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