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Michigan Schools In The Early 1900s May Shock You. They’re So Different.

The children of migrant workers in Michigan, particularly in Berrien County, endured rough living conditions in the 1930s and 40s. Their parents harvested the state’s many cherry and strawberry crops, while their families lived in dire conditions, often in tents, shacks, and migrant settlements. Here, we found several images of these children who attended a nursery school operated by the Women’s Council for Home Missions. These rare photographs, released in a special series by by Yale University and the Library of Congress in a collection of some 170,000 images known as Photogrammer. Have a look.

Quite striking, huh? To imagine just have far we’ve come. Tell us, do you or any of your family or friends remember these days?

Serena Maria Daniels
Serena Maria Daniels is an award-winning freelance journalist in Detroit, by way of Chicago, by way of the West Coast. She writes about Michigan for OIYS. Serena enjoys learning about language and culture and taking road trips with her beagle Ralph.