THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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June 20, 1940
Gertrude Blair Interviewed Joseph H. Milan for the Virginia Writers' Project
Gertrude Blair (1871–1945) interviewed Joseph H. Milan on June 20, 1940, and the report was received in the Virginia Writers' Project (VWP) office in on June 24, 1940. The VWP was the state-sponsored arm of the Federal Writers' Project, which in turn was an agency of the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal initiative. The Virginia project completed approximately 1,350 life histories, social-ethnic studies, and youth studies between October 1938 and May 1941. This narrative describes a Lebanese emigrant shopkeeper and his family living in Roanoke.