In March 1939, the school received notification that the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) had awarded a grant that would pay for three murals for the school’s new auditorium. John Martin Socha was chosen as the artist. The selected scenes, drawn from regional history, included the treaty of Traverse de Sioux, the battle of New Ulm, and a third mural depicting the “progress of industry in New Ulm.” The New Ulm murals reflect the influence of Diego Rivera, whom Socha studied under in Mexico.
National Register of Historic Places Nomination, Daniel J. Hoisington, Hoisington Preservation Consultants http://www.mnhs.org/shpo/nrhp/images/0088_newulmhighschool/
Project originally submitted by Katherine Scott on May 1, 2015.
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