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Watch the recording of our 2021 Garden Party featuring
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Dr. Heather Cox Richardson 
Juana Rodriguez-Vazquez
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Here at the Frances Perkins Center, the Coronavirus hasn’t changed our work so much as it has made it even clearer why it matters. New Deal principles, intelligently implemented, rescued millions of Americans in earlier generations. Applied to twenty-first century challenges, we believe that New Deal principles can make the difference today. And, like our namesake, the Frances Perkins Center is committed to being part of the solution.

Open by Reservation: Our Exhibit Center located at 170A Main Street in Damariscotta.  Call in advance to schedule a visit Tuesday through Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  We do ask, for now, to please wear a mask as our space is small and we want to ensure we are protecting everyone in our community.

Open in 2022:  Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark located in Newcastle, ME, now being restored and made safe for public access. Watch for announcements next year!

Frances Perkins Documentaries

Highlights from the Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

Highlights from the Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

A 30-minute documentary created by the Frances Perkins Center to accompany its traveling exhibit.

Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare

Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare
Documentary premiered by PBS in March 2020. Watch a quick video clip here.

Access Summoned on a variety of media platforms.

Frances Perkins Center Purchases National Historic Landmark 

January 3, 2020: the Frances Perkins Center purchased the Frances Perkins Homestead to preserve and protect this National Historic Landmark as an educational resource for Maine and the nation. The generosity of hundreds of donors who seek to honor the principles and legacy of Frances Perkins made this achievement possible.

We are now working on preservation efforts to ready the Homestead for safe public access.
To learn more about how you help, visit Homestead Campaign.


Mission Statement

The Frances Perkins Center honors the legacy of Frances Perkins by sharing her commitment to the principle that government should provide all its people with the best possible life, and by preserving the place that shaped her character. The Center convenes leaders and future leaders in public policy, labor and related fields to generate creative solutions to today’s social and economic problems and teaches students of all ages about a remarkable woman whose work continues to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.


Shining a light on Frances Perkins' legacyFinally getting her due