Frances Perkins Center launches annual public policy forum

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Frances Perkins Center launches
annual public policy forum
Former Congressman Barney
Frank.
The Frances Perkins Center
announces the inaugural Betta
Ehrenfeld Public Policy Forum
featuring former Congressman
Barney Frank. The event takes
place Monday, July 14, at the
Coleman Burke Event Gallery
at Fort Andross, 14 Maine St. in
Brunswick, beginning at 6 p.m. with
a light reception and the program
beginning at 7 p.m.
In a career that spanned over 60
years, Frances Perkins witnessed
the devastating effects of America ‘s
boom and bust economic cycles on
its citizens and devoted her life to
ameliorate those effects.
In a Congressional career over
three decades, Frank – like Perkins,
committed to economic opportunity
for all – fought to counteract the
growing economic disparity among
Americans. In addition to being
the speaker at the center’s first
Public Policy Forum, Frank will be
awarded the center’s Courage and
Intelligence Award for his courage
in standing up to powerful financial
interests, his intelligence and
mastery of complex issues, and his
fearlessness in the face of what is
said and written about him.
Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of
Labor and the first woman to serve
as a cabinet secretary, was the
principal architect of the New Deal,
credited with formulating policies
to shore up the national economy
following the nation’s most serious
economic crisis and helping to
create the modern middle class.
The Frances Perkins Center was
incorporated in Newcastle, Maine
in 2009, to honor its namesake and
to fulfill her legacy by continuing
her work for social justice and
economic security and preserving
for future generations her nationally
significant family homestead.
The Betta Ehrenfeld Public
Policy Forum is an annual event
hosted by the center to highlight
the principles that guided the life
and work of Frances Perkins and
to apply those principles to today’s
economic and social problems. The
event is named in honor of Betta
Ehrenfeld, whose generosity has
enabled the center to grow and
thrive in its formative years.
Registration is required, and
the ticket price for the pre-event
reception is $35 on a first-come,
first-served basis. Tickets may be
purchased online at http://ppforum.
brownpapertickets.com, by calling
563-3374,’ e-mailing the center at
info@francesperkinscenter.org, or
visiting the downtown Damariscotta
office and exhibit center. Space is
limited, so purchase tickets as soon
as possible.
consider
visiting
Please
the interpretive exhibit about
Frances Perkins at 170A Main
St., Damariscotta. Their summer
hours started June 24 are Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Frances Perkins Center is a
501 (c) (3) charitable organization
whose mission is to fulfill the legacy
of Frances Perkins by continuing
her work for social justice and
economic security and preserving
for future generations her nationally
significant family homestead. The
Center tells the story of Perkins’
accomplishments as the first
woman Cabinet member, FDR’s
Secretary of Labor for 12 years, and
a principal architect of the New
Deal. Additional information about
the Center and other upcoming
events can be found at http://www.
francesperkinscenter.org.