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Perkins’ Legacy Resurges During COVID-19

Perkins’ lost legacy is finding new life, thanks to the social and economic similarities to post-Great Depression America that may emerge as the world continues to cope with COVID. “Frances Perkins’ handiwork is the system we’re using right now to relieve the distress of hundreds of millions of people,” Downey says. “The bottom line is

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Should we consider a new Civilian Conservation Corp today?

Should America Consider Restarting the Civilian Conservation Corps in Response to the Economic Crash? By AppalachianMagazine – April 3, 2020 Photo: CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) workers, 1935. Contributor Names: Mydans, Carl, photographer, United States. Resettlement Administration. Roughly four months ago, the world entered into a new decade and for many Americans 2020 had all the hallmarks of

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COVID-19: What Lessons Will We Learn?

Stephen Gottlieb: What Lessons Will We Learn? I’d like to look beyond this epidemic, beyond the people telecomputing and those taking bicycles to work instead of busses, beyond our fears of going to meetings to see and greet each other and work together, beyond elbow bumps at funerals as I had to recently, and think

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Frances Perkins Homestead Tours

Visit the Newcastle home of Frances Perkins, first woman Cabinet member and FDR’s Secretary of Labor. Enjoy guided tours of the 1837 Brick House and historic district with its 57 acres of fields, gardens, and trails to the Damariscotta River. Watch for website updates or email for information about 2020 tour dates. Two tour

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Frances Perkins at the Dutch Treat Club

By Charles Hoffacker Founded in 1905, the Dutch Treat Club in New York City is a luncheon club of writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, media gurus and performers in music, television, and film.  Over the years, the membership has included such notable figures as Isaac Asimov, Jimmy Cagney, George M. Cohan, Walter Cronkite, Ogden Nash, Norman

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Developing deep solidarity

Book Review Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, Unified We Are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities.  Chalice Press, 2016. Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger are exceptionally well-qualified to address their topic because of thirty-five years of experience in bringing together people of faith and labor, especially in Texas.  Joerg, a professor

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Fall 2022 FPC Newsletter

Preservation and restoration activities are in full swing at the Frances Perkins Homestead. This National Historic Landmark in Newcastle, Maine serves as a tangible reminder that America is intended to be a vast homestead for all its people, a lively household for one and all, and that concern for the common good should govern our life together. We look forward to welcoming visitors in 2023.