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Mosaic “Children and Their Animal Friends,” by Esther, Helen, and Margaret Bruton

San Francisco Zoo Artworks a Legacy of WPA Women

Designed by noted architect George W. Kelham and completed in 1925, the Mothers Building was for years a refuge for women and their children visiting the San Francisco Zoo. The mosaics and murals— all by women artists hired by the… read more

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New Deal activist Kathy Flynn

New Deal Activist Kathy Flynn Honored As “Living Treasure”

Kathy Flynn, founder of the National New Deal Preservation Association (NNDPA), was recently named a “Living Treasure” for her work documenting and preserving New Deal history, sites, and artworks. Kathy, a long-time New Mexico resident, grew up in Texas amidst… read more

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A New New Deal from the Bottom Up

At The Living New Deal, we’ve long been tracking rumblings of a new New Deal in American political circles. So often, though, that conversation centers on the biographies and affiliations of major politicians. Over at The American Prospect, Christopher Faricy… read more

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Each month, participate with fellow readers and a member of our staff in reading and discussing a book from or about the New Deal. If you are interested in joining, or have suggestions for books, contact Project Manager Gabriel Milner at info@livingnewdeal.org.

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Living New Deal Events

  • Exhibition of Vermont’s WPA Art Collection.

    The T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, VT, is planning a joint exhibit with the Central Vermont Medical Center to exhibit the state’s collection of Works Progress Administration (WPA) art. The WPA exhibit will highlight many works from the outstanding collection of paintings and… read more

  • Gray Brechin on the New Deal in Sonoma County, CA.

    Join Living New Deal Founder Gray Brechin on Wednesday, September 7th at 6 pm, as he examines the New Deal’s impact in Northern California (including 1937’s PWA-constructed Sonoma County Hospital, pictured here). “Recovering from the Depression: The Enormous—and Invisible—Legacy of New… read more

  • The Berkeley Rep Presents “It Can’t Happen Here”.

    This September, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre will adapt Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here, for the stage. As the Berkeley Rep notes, Lewis’s satirical novel,  “follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by… read more