Frances Perkins Center hosts speakers at College of the Atlantic

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On August 12 the Frances Perkins Center will host an important event at Bar Harbor’s College of the Atlantic’s Gates Auditorium from 5-7 p.m.  The event, “Frances Perkins:  Maine’s New Deal Pioneer, U.S. Secretary of Labor 1933-1945 and first woman Cabinet Secretary” will feature three distinguished speakers: Dr. Nannerl Keohane, Professor of Public Affairs, Princeton University and former president of Wellesley College and Duke University; Kirstin Downey, Frances Perkins Center board member and author of “The Woman Behind the New Deal”; and former Sen. George Mitchell.

The event will focus on the historic career of Frances Perkins and her life-long roots in Maine. Frances Perkins, the first woman cabinet secretary, served under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945. She was the founder of Social Security. Her family homestead in Newcastle was a source of reflection and rejuvenation for her throughout her life.

The public is invited to the talks, conversations and reception. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at by clicking on the August 12 event on our homepage, by calling 207-563-3374, or at our downtown Damariscotta office. Space is limited, so visitors should purchase tickets as soon as possible. For more information, email the center at

ALERT: Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) The Frances Perkins Center and Homestead are Temporarily Closed