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Special Exhibition Gallery


Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression

January 25–April 12, 2020

Reima Ratti (1914–1945) was born in Waukegan to Finnish immigrants and came of age during the Great Depression when he labored as a rock crusher with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The backbreaking work became an inspiration for his art and led to his acceptance as an official artist of the CCC Art Program. Ratti’s love of art guided his life as he documented the world around him in sketches and paintings of landscapes and his community, until his untimely death at the age of 31.

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Upcoming Special Exhibits

May–September 2020: Science + You

September 2020–January 2021: Ansel Adams and Richard Wasserman: From the Mountains to the Prairies

Permanent Exhibitions & Gift Shop

Prehistoric Lake County

The First People

An American Frontier

Innovations and Preservation

Woodland Theater

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