Speakers set for Frances Perkins award dinner

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Speakers set for Frances Perkins award dinner
Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth
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The Lincoln County Democratic Committee announced the lineup of speakers for its Frances Perkins award dinner on Saturday. May 5 at 6 p.m. at Damariscotta Lake Farm, 15 Bunker Hill Road, Jefferson. Three guest speakers will take part in this year’s program: Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth, the Frances Perkins Center treasurer: Margaret -Peggy” R. Rotunda. a Frances Perkins Center board member; and Christopher I. Rice, a member of the Frances Perkins Center advisory council. The biennial event honors a Lincoln County Democrat who exemplifies the continuing legacy of Frances Perkins to pursue social justice, economic security, and the best possible life for all. The 2018 honoree is Frances Perkins’ grandson. Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall. of Newcastle, longtime Lincoln County Democratic Committee volunteer and founder of the Frances Perkins Center francesperkinscenter.org. Breiseth is a past president of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute located at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park., N.Y.. and president emeritus of Wilkes Univetsity in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UCLA, a master’s degree in literature in modern British history from Oxford. and a Ph.D. in European history from Cornell University. Breiseth met and collaborated with Frances Perkins at Cornell while she was teaching in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations for the last five years of her life. Following Perkins’ death in 1965. Breiseth wrote an article called “The Frances Perkins I Knew.” He also served as chief of policy guidance for the Community Action Program, which was part of the Office of Economic Opportunity
during President Lyndon Johnson’s, War On Poverty. Rotundo Is director of strategic and policy initiatives for the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships She represented part of Lewiston as a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives, from 2008-2016, preceded by eight years in the Maine State Senate. In 2012, she was named House Chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

Rice is principal designer for Designs for Native Landscapes. He holds a master’s degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maine at Orono. Rice develops landscapes for nonprofits and residential clients while living in Midcoast Maine with his spouse, Coggeshall.

Margaret “Peggy” R. Rotondo
For more information about the event or to register to attend, contact Betsy Wooster, Lincoln County Democratic Committee fundraising chair, at betsywooster@gmail.com or go to lincoincountydemocrats.com/award2018.

Shining a light on Frances Perkins' legacyFinally getting her due