New Deal for Lawrence
New Deal for Lawrence: Exhibit ~ Now showing at the Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex St.
“Un Nuevo Trato para Lawrence.”
Free and Open to the Public~All Ages Welcome~Free Parking in LHC Courtyard
Eagle Tribune Article
The President's re-employment proposal was the high point of his first message to the Seventy-fourth Congress delivered in a crowded House Chamber. It was in part, in fact, part of the program which he laid before Congress...which he asked now to be carried forward by establishing security in jobs, security against the major hazards of life and security of decent homes. New York Times, 1935.
Lawrence History Center's Summer 2010 Exhibit will be A New Deal for Lawrence
Our New Deal for Lawrence exhibit is an historic snapshot of a time and a place,looking back at Lawrence 75 years ago through the lens of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal programs, especially the Works Progress Administration(WPA.)
Based on the original documents in the LHC collection, all projects funded through WPA are identified with location and budget - from ball parks and cultural events to public health issues, job training and major infrastructure projects. This is a rare snapshot of the projects that took place in a particular 12 month period in Lawrence history, identifying federal government aid and the immediate needs of the city.
In addition we will be presenting a mirror image of the economic events of today - capturing the current demographics, President Obama's Stimulus Package and its effect on Lawrence.
NY Times - What Would Roosevelt Do?
A smaller exhibit will also be on display at the LHC, 6 Essex Street - identifying the cultural themes of the day - editorial cartoons, newspaper advertising, styles, books, films, news headlines - what was the day to day life like in Lawrence in 1934-35.
The exhibit will be previewed at the Dengler Award Dinner and then the physical exhibit will be at the Lawrence Heritage State Park through the summer. A virtual exhibit will be available on our website. The exhibit is curated by Emily Levine, LHC volunteer and NPS employee.
If you have items, photos, artifacts, stories - any thing that you might like to share with us for the exhibit or the web site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us here at the Center at 978 -686-9230. If you are interested in helping with the exhibit - please call.
Funded in part by
Lawrence Cultural Council.
Rosman Family Fund - ECCF
Lawrence Heritage State Park