Author: Michael Chaney

    Save the Date May 9 - Presentation before the Senior College at USM Lewiston-Auburn. May 11 - FP Icon Blessing at St. Andrews Church, Newcastle, ME. May 13 - FP Feast Day at the Parish of St. Monica and St. James in Washington, DC. June 29 - Perkins Homestead...

  In the News Please click on the links to read more: David Brooks talks about Frances Perkins at Mount Holyoke The Gap to raise minimum hourly wage (NYTimes) Chained CPI is out of the Obama Budget (HuffPo) Sen. Bernie Sanders urges not to make cuts Even with Social Security, elderly poverty...

cheneyThe Frances Perkins Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael P. Chaney as its Executive Director, effective April 1, 2014. A native of Alna, Maine, Chaney earned a B.A. in History from the University of Maine in 1979 and an M.A. in History, with a Certificate in Public History and Archival Management, from the University of Connecticut in 1985.   Chaney brings to the Frances Perkins Center many years of experience in non-profit management and public history in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Early in his career, Chaney served as an archivist at the University of Vermont Library where his responsibilities included organizing the papers of the late Senator George Aiken.  He has also served as Associate Director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, Chief Operating Officer of the New Hampshire Historical Society, and, from 2001 to 2009, President and CEO of the New Hampshire Political Library, a non-profit educational organization founded to preserve New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.  In 2004, he helped merge the Political Library with the Pierce Brigade in operating and interpreting the Concord, New Hampshire, home and career of President Franklin Pierce.  He is the author of several publications, including White Pine on the Saco River: An Oral History of River Driving in Southern Maine, and did fieldwork photography in a publication dealing with Herb Ellis and Rangeley Boat Building, The Rangeley and Its Region: The Famous Boat and Lakes of Western Maine.  Since returning to Maine in 2010, Chaney has been the Executive Director of the Yarmouth Historical Society in Yarmouth.  He lives in Alna with his wife, Laura Cooper Chaney.

MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Frances Perkins Center is pleased to introduce you to Michael P. Chaney, our new Executive Director. Michael will begin his duties on April 1, 2014, and is looking forward to meeting all of you. A native of nearby Alna, Maine, Michael earned a B.A. in History...

  A Special Message from our Board Chair Dear Friends and Supporters, Frances Perkins was born Fannie Coralie Perkins in Boston in 1880, but her roots were firmly at the family farm here in Newcastle, Maine.  Through stories passed down through her great-grandmother Thankful Otis, Fanny (as she...

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Frances Perkins was born Fannie Coralie Perkins in Boston in 1880, but her roots were firmly at the family farm here in Newcastle, Maine.  Through stories passed down through her great-grandmother Thankful Otis, Fanny (as she was known to the family) was raised with a deep appreciation of history and pride in her patriot ancestry.  She came of age understanding her New England heritage and adopting the Yankee values of her family: frugality, ingenuity, tenacity and self-reliance - as well as a belief that the new nation, only a century old at her birth, held opportunities for all who were willing to work for them.  As a student at Mount Holyoke College and in her first work in the settlement houses of Chicago, she realized that those opportunities were not readily available to all, and she dedicated herself to an ideal: that we as a nation have a responsibility to remedy economic inequities so that all citizens can reach their highest potential.

  This month in history The NBC Radio Network program "America's Town Meeting of the Air" was an early form of electronic "townhall" democracy. In this broadcast from December 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins is defending and explaining the recently passed Social Security Act, while journalist...

    This Month in History Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States four times: 1932, 1936, 1940, and on November 7, 1944. Secretary of Labor during the New Deal era, Frances Perkins held that office from 1933-45 through the entire presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.   A...

  REDISCOVERING GOVERNMENT: MAKING PEOPLE MATTER October 4, 2013 3:30pm - 6:00pm Wishcamper Center Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine 34 Bedford St, Portland, ME Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion sponsored by The Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative provides a progressive framework around the evolving role of government, depicting the ways...

  Labor Links Here are some stories from our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Follow us for regular reports on working conditions for Americans today: FPC Board Chair Chris Breiseth discusses the importance of Frances Perkins (MPBN) Detroit police, firemen don't qualify for Social Security & may lose retirement pensions (Detroit News) USPS...

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