Past Is Prologue: Oregon Murals Provide a “Teachable Moment”

Librarian’s Response

Just as the controversy over the Victor Arnautoff murals in San Francisco’s George Washington High School draws national and even international attention, New Deal era murals in the University of Oregon’s main library stir debate over public art, representations of… read more

On the Trail of the New Deal in Yosemite National Park

CCC Ostrander Ski Hut

Beginning in 1942, when I was a year-and-a-half old, and for years thereafter, I would spend all summer with my parents in Tuolumne Meadows in the upper reaches of Yosemite National Park. I didn’t know until four decades later that… read more

West Virginia Homesteads a Legacy of the New Deal

Son of homesteader

The river winds from its Appalachian headwaters down the Tygart Valley in West Virginia, where a road known as the Seneca Trail takes snowboarders and hikers to and from Snowshoe’s year-round resort. Nearby, nestled in the crook of the valley’s… read more

Volunteers “Pitch in” to Save WPA Sculpture at Golden Gate Park

The artist’s signature

A thousand acres of shifting sand with clusters of old-growth live oak were the raw materials for San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. By the 1870s the dunes had been transformed into a Victorian-era commons for the burgeoning city. San Francisco’s… read more

Discovering the New Deal at the NYC Municipal Archives and Library

Astoria Pool, Queens, August 20, 1936.

Located in one of the City’s most beautiful Beaux-Arts buildings, the landmark Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street in Manhattan’s Civic Center, are the Municipal Archives and Municipal Library. Here the City preserves and makes available to the public the… read more