Frances Perkins Center receives grant for traveling exhibit.

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The Frances Perkins Center has received a $4,276 grant from the Lincoln County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to launch the Frances Perkins Traveling Exhibit.

“Frances Perkins is one of America’s greatest heroes,” said Michael Chaney, executive director of the Perkins Center. “This grant will help us teach school age children about Perkins’ legacy of social justice and economic security for all.”

The exhibit will include five pull-up panels interpreting Perkins’ life and legacy, as well as a video featuring work from prominent scholars. The curriculum targets middle and high school students.

Perkins, who was the first woman to serve in a U.S. Cabinet, had deep roots in Maine. During her time as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s secretary of Labor, she regularly returned to her family estate in Newcastle, the place she called her one true home.

Founded in 2008, the Frances Perkins Center preserves and continues Perkins’ legacy. The Center works with historians, biographers, and other scholars to educate the public about Perkins’ life and achievements. It also brings together leaders of today and tomorrow to examine modern public policy questions through the lens of Perkin’s own experiences and values.

If you are an educator and would like to have the Frances Perkins Traveling Exhibit  visit your school or program please contact the Center by calling  207-563-3374 or email

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit