Living New Deal Project Advisor Harvey Smith will speak about New Deal programs in Sonoma Valley at the Sonoma Community Center on January 12 at 2:00 PM. The talk is part of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society “Second Saturday” Lecture Series.
The public sector programs of the New Deal enabled the Sonoma Valley to weather the depths of the Great Depression. The new social contract created by the New Deal fostered cooperative social and working relationships for those who worked under various New Deal agencies. “CCC boys” built roads and trails. Local architects designed unique college and hospital buildings. Artists created art that reached “Main Street” Sonoma. Our present economy invites comparison and a call for a re-examination of that creative legacy that went from the bottom up. Unprecedented government patronage not only enabled artists and working men and women to productively survive the Depression, it nourished collaboration, brought an array of cultural and recreation programs to communities for the first time, and revitalized local initiative.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019 2:00 PM SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma $5.00 Admission Historical Society Members & Local Docents – Free