Our Research Associates Around the Country
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Associates are all volunteers who have discovered the Living New Deal and
signed on to help us document New Deal sites in their region.
SUSAN C. ALLEN – Mississippi & the Delta Region <[email protected]>
Susan is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Mississippi and is particularly focused on murals and other New Deal sites in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. Susan writes a regular column for a Mississippi historic preservation blog under the pen name Suzassippi.
DON BARRETT – At-large, photography <[email protected]>
Don is an environmentalist, sociologist and activist based in the Coachella Valley, California, who spends much of his time exploring the rural U.S. West. His photography uses nature, architecture, and history to stimulate thinking about the environment and cultural identity, and to encourage ordinary citizens to explore, document and share the world through photography. He is Assistant Editor of the Second International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor Emeritus at California State University, San Marcos.
ERNEST EVERETT BLEVINS – West Virginia & Georgia <[email protected]>
Ernest works as a Structural Historian in Review & Compliance at the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office. His MFA thesis in Historic Preservation (Savannah College of Art & Design) was on the Charleston architectural firm of Simons & Lapham, which executed many New Deal projects. Samuel Lapham, his grandfather, was the South Carolina District Officer for the Historic American Building Survey from 1933 to 1934. In his travels, Ernest has documented New Deal sites in West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. He enjoys the challenge of finding lost New Deal sites using historical maps and documentary resources. He writes a history-oriented column for the Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail.
STEFANO BLOCH – Arizona <[email protected]>
Stefano is a native of Los Angeles where he conducted his dissertation research on the many layers of graffiti and murals painted atop a series of WPA retaining walls on Sunset Boulevard. He has an MA in urban planning from UCLA and a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota. He was a Mellon Fellow at Brown University in 2015-17. He is presently Assistant Professor of Cultural Geography in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.
JAMES BOHLAND – Western Virginia
James Bohland, an emeritus professor from the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, has convened a group of scholars and archivists in the New River Valley area of Virginia. The Virginia Living New Deal research team is comprised of seasoned researchers from institutions including the Smithsonian, Ohio State, Michigan State, and The Roanoke Times.
KENT BOESE – Washington, D.C. <[email protected]>
Kent has lived in the greater Washington area since 1994. By profession, he is a librarian (currently at a law firm, formerly at the Smithsonian) and holds an M.S. in Design from Arizona State University. He is currently Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A (http://anc1a.org/) and writes the Park View, D.C. blog. He is a strong preservationist, with 6 successful landmark nominations under his belt.
AMY BORLAND – Indiana <[email protected]>
Amy is an architectural historian with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and lives in Indianapolis. She holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State. Her grandfather was in the CCC , where he was the unit photographer; his photo album documents work the unit did in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. In 2007, Amy helped produce a Division calendar featuring some of Indiana’s post office murals and is working with interns to identify New Deal era projects around the state.
Maureen R. Budetti – Virginia [email protected]
Maureen gained an appreciation for US history through working with the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation to preserve a pre-Civil War house in her town of Falls Church. She has also volunteered her service to Falls Church Arts and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In all these efforts she calls on her training in Geography at UC Berkeley and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is grateful to support the efforts of the Living New Deal and expand her understanding of another important period of US history.
JENNIFER CARPENTER – Texas < [email protected]>
Jennifer earned a M.A. degree in Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland. She lives in Austin and works for the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Historic Sites and Structures Program. She manages the program’s Civilian Conservation Corps Initiative, which fosters appreciation for the history and architectural resources created by the CCC in Texas parks. She is currently researching how other New Deal works programs contributed to the built environment of the Texas State Park system.
DEVIN COLMAN – Vermont <[email protected]>
Devin is State Architectural Historian at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. He received an M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont and wrote a thesis on modernist residential architecture in northwestern Vermont. He is a past president of the Recent Past Preservation Network. The 2005 rehabilitation of the modernist Crystal Lake Bathhouse, a 1939 CCC project in Barton, VT, piqued his interest in identifying and documenting New Deal projects throughout the state.
WILLIAM COOK – Maryland & Washington, D.C. <[email protected]>
Will is a retired aerospace engineer who lives in Columbia and Royal Oak, Maryland. He is on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including Adkins Arboretum and the Old-Growth Forest Network, is a member of the Town of Easton Tree Board, and is a supporter of the Historical Society of Talbot County, Maryland. His interests include oil painting, photography and website development.
FRANK DA CRUZ – New York City/The Bronx <[email protected]>
After stints in the Army, as a musician and as a taxi driver in the 1960s and 70s, Frank got a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University. He led the Kermit Software project for many years and wrote books on the Kermit protocol, as well as the history of computing at Columbia. In 2012 he retired to the Bronx, becoming a devotee of the borough and photographing its many delights, including New Deal projects.
KAREN DANIELS – Missouri <[email protected]>
Karen Daniels is a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist/Architectural Historian with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). She received a BS in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She has worked in the field of historic preservation since 1989 and has been with MoDOT since 2001 researching buildings, roadside history, roadways and bridges. She has observed that New Deal era resources are impossible to escape—not that one should want to. They make our national and state parks more enjoyable, we still drive on them, and our civic life is still lived in these resources. They were built for the ages.
SUSAN DEMASI – Long Island, New York <[email protected]>
Sue Rubenstein DeMasi is a librarian at Suffolk County Community College in New York, as well as a screenwriter, playwright, and freelance journalist. She began her love affair with the New Deal while researching her book on Henry Alsberg, director of the WPA’s Federal Writer’s Project. She has written for The New York Times, CHOICE Magazine, and other publications. Sue covers social justice issues and labor union history for her union’s award-winning publication, The Word.
SARAH DOWNING – North Carolina <[email protected]>
Sarah is an archivist at Western Regional Archives in Asheville who relocated to the North Carolina mountains in 2015. She spent 30 years on the Outer Banks and has written extensively on coastal history. Sarah holds a Masters of Library Science and is a certified North Carolina librarian. She is looking forward to documenting New Deal projects in the Blue Ridge and surrounding regions.
DOUGLAS W. DODD – Central California <[email protected]>
Doug is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Bakersfield. He earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in public history, environmental history, and the history of California and the American West, and he is currently working on a history of the CCC in California’s national parks.
CHARLES EPTING – Southern California <[email protected]>
Charles is a junior studying history and geology at the University of Southern California. He recently published his second book, The New Deal in Orange County, California (History Press, 2014). His interests include early 20th century popular culture, architecture, and literature.
EVELINE EVANS – Texas <[email protected]>
I am a native of Nebraska but have lived in Central Texas for over 45 years. I am retired. I became interested in the New Deal when I first stumbled upon a WPA mural in a Post Office. I started doing research and found many other types of New Deal projects that interested me, so when I travel I check the Living New Deal website to see if there are sites I can visit. Sometimes I’m lucky and stumble upon one that hasn’t been listed yet, and then I try to document it so others can enjoy the New Deal legacy.
GENE FISCHER – Nebraska <Deceased>
Gene was a retired school teacher who worked for 35 years in the York, Nebraska Public Schools with special needs students. In retirement, he wrote a weekly column of political and social commentary for the York News-Times and a monthly history feature.
DAVID GATES – Midwest & all US post offices <[email protected]>
David is from Chicago and has been photographing and documenting Post Offices around the country, including New Deal buildings and artwork. His website www.postofficefreak.com records the photos and stories associated with each one he’s visited. David is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Information Technology Project Management.
GLORY-JUNE GREIFF – Indiana <[email protected]dy.net>
Glory-June is a public historian and preservation activist who has written some eighty successful nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, including some of the first for New Deal sites. She holds an MA degree in Public History from Indiana University. She served as statewide director of Indiana’s Save Outdoor Sculpture (SOS) survey in the 1990s and has been documenting New Deal sites in Indiana for over thirty years. Her publications include Remembrance, Faith, and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana and People, Parks, and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks.
DOUG HALVORSEN – Oregon <[email protected]>
Doug lives in southern Oregon and travels throughout Oregon, Washington and northern California. He has a personal blog site: http://www.oregonhistory.net to document his appreciation of cultural history in Oregon. Through Groundspeak, the company that oversees Geocaching.com and Waymarking.com, he is also an officer of a category devoted to New Deal projects. In his work for Groundspeak, he researches historical categories, including New Deal projects.
MICHELLE HANSFORD – Southwest Missouri <[email protected]>
Michelle has an MA from Eastern Illinois University and 35 years of experience with preservation organizations, history museums, and cultural/heritage tourism initiatives throughout Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. She was a long-time member of the Missouri Humanities Council, including two years as chair, and is past president of the Missouri Museums Association (now Missouri Association of Museums & Archives) and a former board member of the Route 66 Association of Missouri.
KARA HEITZ – Kansas <[email protected]>
Kara is a historian and educator who engages in historical storytelling through a variety of media formats. She currently is a lecturer in the Liberal Arts department at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she teaches classes in American history, history and film, and history of Western thought. She also owns a media production company that creates historically-focused documentary films and podcasts. Her research focuses broadly on American cultural history during the Great Depression – and particularly on Hollywood film and public art. Kara is currently working on a project about New Deal federally funded arts and culture programs in Kansas, including a documentary film about Section post office art in the state.
NATALIE HENEGHAN – Minnesota <[email protected]>
Natalie earned her BA in History from Macalester College. She is the Education Coordinator at the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Work and family take Natalie from her home base in St. Paul throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin documenting New Deal sites. Other interests include cultural heritage in communities of color, public history, digital storytelling, genealogy, and music history.
MELISSA HERMES – Rural Minnesota <[email protected]>
Melissa is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who earned her MA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is the Curator of Education for the Otter Tail County Historical Society in West Central Minnesota where, in addition to her regular job duties, she conducts research on the oft overlooked cultures of rural Minnesota. She writes a column on historic women for In Good Company magazine.
JOHN HOCTOR – Connecticut <[email protected]>
John has a journalism background and has written for The Army Times in Washington, D.C., and The Fog City Journal in San Francisco. Most recently he has been a staff writer for the Weston Magazine Group, Westport, Connecticut, freelance for the Fairfield Co Weekly, the Norwalk Beat, and editor of Westport’s HamletHub.
JUDITH KENNY – Oregon <[email protected]>
Judith is an associate professor emerita of Geography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she taught from 1990 to 2012. As an urban cultural geographer and former city planner, her publications reflect common research themes related to her interest in planning discourse, the built environment, and the politics of place. Recently returned to her home state of Oregon, she is now focusing her research on the role of federal and state government in the making of its regional culture.
SUSAN ALLEN KLINE – Texas <[email protected]>
Susan is a historic preservation consultant in Fort Worth who specializes in the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. She is the author of the book Ft. Worth Parks (Arcadia Books, 2010). She has a particular passion for resources associated with the New Deal.
RENEÉ KOLVET – Nevada <[email protected]>
Renée Corona Kolvet is a historic preservation specialist/archaeologist. She has spent the last 15 years studying the CCC and New Deal programs in Nevada. Her research also includes Depression-era programs on Nevada’s Indian Reservations.
ROBERT KRAUSE – Eastern Virginia & Montana [email protected]
Robert grew up in Montana, did undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi, received an M.A. in U.S. Environmental & Public History at Oklahoma State, and went back to Mississippi for a Ph.D in U.S. History, studying the environmental history of New Deal projects in Mississippi and Florida. He has worked as a curator, public historian, and researcher and is currently Program Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Section of the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. His grandfather and great-uncle served in the CCC in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
ANDREW LAVERDIERE – Southern California & Sierra [email protected]
Drew works as a housekeeping supervisor for a Yosemite National Park rental company. He served in the Navy 1986-1990 and has an associate degree in broadcasting from the New England School of Broadcasting in Bangor, Maine. Although he has no formal schooling in history, he has always been a history buff. He is a long-time political activist, who, in the course of teaching and advocating for public works projects to rebuild the county and reinstatement of Glass Steagall Act controls on banks, developed a deep appreciation for FDR’s unorthodox American System approach to economics and public policy.
TARA MIELNIK – Tennessee <[email protected]>
Tara is Federal Programs Coordinator for the Metropolitan Nashville Historical Commission. She is the author of New Deal, New Landscape: The Civilian Conservation Corps and South Carolina’s State Parks (2011).
CARA MOORE – Missouri <[email protected]>
Cara Moore is a PhD student at Saint Louis University, with an MA in History and Museum Studies from Southern Illinois University, who works as an Archives Technician for the National Archives at St. Louis. Her research includes the effects of the New Deal on local communities. She is knowledgeable about the archives holdings of New Deal employee records and the history of the individual agency records, as well as all civilian federal employment records.
LARRY MOORE – Texas <[email protected]>
Larry was born in San Antonio, raised in Austin, and got a degree in Management from Park University, Austin. He has spent years researching, creating and editing Texas-related articles on Wikipedia and adding hundreds of images of Texas to Wikimedia Commons. His favorite photographic subjects are county courthouses, state parks, and National Register of Historic Places sites. Although particularly fond of Second Empire, Romanesque Revival and Victorian architecture, research on the New Deal era has helped him appreciate Art Deco, Moderne and National Park Service rustic styles.
JOHN MURPHEY – New Mexico & Southwest <[email protected]>
John W. Murphey has an MA in Historic Preservation Planning and has worked nearly twenty years in public history for city, state and federal preservation agencies. He has (co-)authored over 50 nominations to State and National Registers of Historic Places, including architectural and engineering surveys, and preparing Historic American Buildings Survey documentation. The New Deal bug bit him back when he worked on statewide surveys in Michigan and Texas, and his passion today is for unsung New Deal infrastructure. He splits time between Santa Fe, NM and Santa Rosa, CA.
FERN NESSON – Massachusetts <[email protected]>
Fern L. Nesson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received an MA in American History from Brandeis. She practised law in Boston for 20 years and subsequently taught American History at the Cambridge School of Weston and the Commonwealth School in Boston. She is currently completing her MFA in Fine Art Photography at Maine Media College. Fern wrote Great Waters: A History of Boston’s Water Supplyand is currently working on a combined history and photography book on the WPA’s American Guide Series. Fern lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
KATHLEEN WALSTON PAGAN, AICP – Florida <[email protected]>
Kathleen is Senior Planner of Growth Management in Alachua County, Florida. SACRPH published her 1995 work on the Civilian Conservation Corps Automotive Priorities Division. She has given CCC research presentations at the University of York, UK, in 1997, and the Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, in 2000. At the University of New Orleans (UNO) from 1998 to 2000, she researched the New Orleans urban parks, including City Park built by the WPA. She has completed a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (1986) and Bachelors of Design in Architecture (1980) at the University of Florida (UF).
PAMELA PIETROWSKY – Chicago <[email protected]>
Pamela is an Independent Historic Preservation Consultant based in Chicago and has an MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute. Pamela’s thesis discussed decorative metalwork in commercial lobbies within Chicago’s Loop, 1890 – 1930. Pamela was a member of a ten-person team who won the HABS Peterson Prize for documentation of the On Leong Merchant’s Association Building in the Chinatown neighborhood of Chicago.
ANGELIA PULLEY – Kentucky [email protected]
Angelia is working on a Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky. She created a survey of WPA projects in Kentucky, available at http://uknowledge.uky.edu/wpa_visual_modules/, that demonstrates the rich store of materials on the Works Progress Administration in the University of Kentucky Library archives
SAMUEL REDMAN – Massachusetts [email protected]
Sam began with the Living New Deal as book review manager while working on his dissertation at University of California, Berkeley. Sam received his PhD in American History and served as the Lead Interviewer for two WWII-era oral history projects for the Regional Oral History Office at the university’s Bancroft Library. Sam is presently Assistant Professor of History at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
LUCY SCHILLER – Iowa <[email protected]>
Lucy is a New York-based writer focusing on history, cultural tourism, documentary, and environmental/social trauma. She has written for the now-defunct San Francisco Bay Guardian, ZYZZYVA, American Suburb X, The Rumpus, and more. She received a BA in History at Iowa’s Grinnell College and will soon return to the state as an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.
KALEINANI SCHOENSTEIN – Hawaii <[email protected]>
Kalei was born and raised in Honolulu and grew up appreciating beauty in the built environment – thanks in part to exploring churches where pipe organs were being built, tuned and repaired by her father, Terrence, of the Felix Schoenstein & Sons pipe organ family. She has a special interest in Hawaiian regional architect, Hart Wood; Hawaiian modern architect, Vladimir Ossipoff; Jean Charlot; and industrialist Henry Kaiser. She was first inspired to research 20th century public works projects from a reference to the New Deal and CCC in a 1970s Archie comic. She has a background in publishing and design, and her interests include library and archival science, architecture history, theology, philosophy, world history, and dance.
ANNIE SEGAN – New York City <[email protected]>
Annie Rothstein Segan is a personal historian and independent scholar whose work has been honored at the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. She is the daughter of Arthur Rothstein (1915-85), the first photographer hired by the Historical Section of the Resettlement/Farm Security Administration. The 170,000 photographs taken by Rothstein and other FSA photographers are a comprehensive portrait of America during the Great Depression. Rothstein was dedicated to the use of documentary photography to foster social change and, in that spirit, Dr. Segan searches out opportunities to present his work. Visit www.ArthurRothstein.org for more information.
ANNE DELANO STEINERT – Southern Ohio & Northern Kentucky <[email protected]>
Anne is a preservationist, educator and urban historian currently at work on her PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Her work focuses on the built environment as a primary source to uncover otherwise unknown histories, including those of marginalized groups. Anne’s grandparents were original residents of the New Deal village of Greenhills, Ohio which will be the subject of her public history practicum course in the spring of 2018. In case you noticed the Delano name, she is a 5th cousin 4 times removed to FDR.
CHARLES SWANEY – Missouri <[email protected]>
Charles is a retired physician specializing in Radiology, living in Columbia, Missouri. As he says, “Since images are so important to my work, a love of art is understandable and over my life, I have found so many points of connection with parts of various New Deal programs and am wanting to highlight those to the people of this country and state to keep their memory alive.”
ERIN TERBEEK – Wisconsin <[email protected]>
Erin completed her M.A. in Public History and Museum Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she focused on the New Deal, World War II propaganda posters, and Victory Gardens. Erin writes a local history column for the Shepherd Express, a Milwaukee newspaper, where she often discusses New Deal history in articles like this one.
COLLEEN WALTER – Maryland <[email protected]>
Colleen is co-editor of the Mid-Atlantic (formerly Maryland) New Deal Newsletter with Brent McKee. She holds an MA in History from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) and her Master’s Thesis dealt with the Civilian Conservation Corps in western Maryland.
OLIVER WILLIAMS – Pennsylvania <[email protected]>
Oliver Williams is a retired professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in American politics and especially urban politics. For years, he has been visiting county courthouses, jails, and city halls, exploring what was once an investment in public buildings. His journeys led to a guidebook to all 66 Pennsylvania courthouses. He is a collector with an interest in New Deal art and has visited over 200 New Deal murals.
WAYNE YANDA – Seattle (Washington) & Iowa <[email protected]>
Wayne is a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Since 2009, he has been researching the murals and sculpture created for American passenger ships built from 1927-1962. Holding his focus of late is a little-known Section of Fine Arts competition to decorate six passenger-cargo ships for the Maritime Commission. He received a BA in Communications from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and this fall will attend Seattle University for an MFA in Arts Leadership. He discusses his research, photography, and design projects at www.grafischewerken.blogspot.com.
BARBARA YOUNG – Chicago <[email protected]>
Barbara is currently an adult student at DePaul University with a focus on 20th Century American art, culture and technology. A long-time fan of WPA art, she became interested in historic preservation while researching family genealogy. Apart from the greater Chicago area, she brings her camera whenever she travels just in case an undocumented New Deal site is nearby.
The National New Deal Preservation Association (NNDPA), based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the longest standing group working to preserve the legacy of the New Deal, especially in the Southwest. Kathy Flynn is founder and Executive Director; Harvey Smith is President of the NNDPA and several members of our team are now or have been on the board of directors.
The Institute for Public Accuracy, based in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., is dedicated to expanding media access for progressive and grassroots organizations across the country who might otherwise not be heard; it has worked with over one thousand such groups.