Stop by any time to view the Belleville Public Library's collection of WPA (Works Progress Administration) art, now on permanent display in the library's meeting room/art gallery.

Kansas was one of only three states to create a museum project through the WPA. Workshops in seven Kansas communities produced handicraft and visual aid materials, which were distributed throughout the state to educational institutions. The Belleville Public Library was one of those recipients, and in 1938 the library received its first WPA Museum collection.

Over the years, the items were stored at the library and rarely displayed. Now, thanks to grant funding through the Kansas Humanities Council and generous local donors, this wonderful collection of vintage WPA handicrafts is once again available to the public. The library’s collection includes 17 pairs of costume dolls, 43 prints of Kansas landmarks by Margaret Whittemore, 5 paintings of Kansas wildflowers by Avis Chitwood, 6 intricate wooden models, and one horn carving.

Belleville is also home to several other WPA sites, including the Art Deco style band shell and park buildings, as well as the native stone grandstand at the fairgrounds. All are still in use today.

Republic County’s unique Art Deco/Moderne courthouse was built under the auspices of the PWA (Public Works Administration), another New Deal relief program. The courthouse on Belleville’s downtown square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized in the National Trust Guide to Art Deco in America.

A Birger Sandzen mural, “Kansas Stream,” was funded under the Treasury Department's Section commissions. It is located in the Belleville Post Office.