National Monument Campaign

National Monument Campaign

We are launching a campaign to ask President Biden to designate the Frances Perkins Homestead as a National Monument associated with the National Park Service. Please join us! Give your support by August 1st by adding your name here.

Why Frances Perkins?

Frances Perkins was a trailblazing advocate for social justice and economic equality by creating policies and programs that bolstered the economy and continue to help working people across the country. These accomplishments include Social Security, a minimum wage, a 40-hour work week, and child labor laws.

Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve on a presidential cabinet, serving as Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945. She was one of FDR’s closest and most highly regarded advisors and one of only two cabinet secretaries to serve the entire length of his presidency.

We believe that the legacy and life of this pioneering advocate for social justice, economic security, and labor rights deserves to be recognized on a national scale.

Why the Frances Perkins Homestead?

The ancestral home and place of respite and inspiration for Frances Perkins is located on 57 acres of picturesque woods and fields along the serene Damariscotta River in Newcastle, Maine.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2014, the Frances Perkins Homestead is the only place fully dedicated to telling the story of this remarkable, national icon.

Its 57-acres, the1837 Brick House, connected ell and barn offer unique opportunities to learn about Frances Perkins’ enduring significance: It was here, the place and its people, that served as her earliest inspiration for work devoted to the betterment of society.

While the National Historic Landmark designation is of significance, this national treasure deserves to receive prestigious acclamation as an American National Monument and giving due recognition to Frances Perkins’ role in the betterment of Americans for generations to come in perpetuity.

Why a National Monument?

National Monuments represent significant lands, buildings, and waters set aside for permanent protection. Monument status brings national recognition and long term protection to property of utmost importance to our nation and its history.
We believe that the Frances Perkins Homestead should be recognized federally as a site of great historical significance.

Only One Other National Monument in Maine

Katahdin Woods and Waters, designated a National Monument in 2016 by President Obama. Is the only existing National Monument in Maine.

What is the Process for the Frances Perkins Homestead to become a National Monument?

The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows U.S. presidents to reserve federal lands containing objects of historic, scientific, or scenic significance. A president’s official act is the proclamation of a national monument. Read more here.

Other National Monuments include:

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