Al Hayne Monument Restoration – Fort Worth TX

The monument itself dates from 1893 but the original marble bust was replaced in 1934 by a bronze one sculpted by Evaline Sellors as a PWAP project. The curbing (reflecting pool) around the Al Hayne Monument is a CWA project:… read more

Alamo Grounds Improvements – San Antonio TX

Multiple New Deal agencies were involved with improving the grounds at the Alamo. A timeline mural board on the west side of the Alamo Museum indicates that “depression-era public works projects” built the walls that now encompass the grounds of… read more

Antietam National Battlefield – Sharpsburg MD

Antietam National Battlefield Cemetery Wall Repairs

The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862, and is known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War.  General George B. McClellan and his Union forces faced off against General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate Army… read more

Aztec Ruins National Monument – Aztec NM

The complex in Aztec Ruins National Monument consists of a “three-story structure [with] as many as 500 rooms, includ[ing] a great kiva [subterranean or partially subterranean Puebloan chamber used for religious ceremony] that is more than forty feet across.” The name… read more

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park – Globe AZ

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park

“The park contains remains from a prehistoric communal dwelling constructed by the Salado people. The site was inhabited from 1225 to 1400 A.D. Irene Vickrey conducted the first formal archaeological investigation starting in 1935. Funding for her salary and her… read more

Big Ridge State Park – Maynardville TN

“Big Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as an example of public recreation development along TVA lakeshores…. read more

Bryant Park: Dodge Sculpture Restoration – New York NY

“This bronze sculpture depicts William Earl Dodge (1805–1883), one of the founders of Phelps, Dodge, a leading mining company. Dodge helped organize the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in the United States and served as the president of the National… read more

Bryant Park: Shaw Lowell Fountain Restoration – New York NY

The NYC Parks Department website explains that: “Architect Charles A. Platt (1861–1933) designed this elegant black granite ornamental fountain to commemorate social worker and reformer Josephine Shaw Lowell (1843–1905). Shaw, who is said to be the first woman to be… read more

Carl Schurz Memorial Restoration – New York NY

The NYC Parks Department website explains: “This impressive monument to soldier, statesman and journalist Carl Schurz is the result of a collaboration between the distinguished sculptor Karl Bitter (1867–1915) and renowned architect Henry Bacon (1866–1924). Built in 1913, the monument… read more

CCC Camp Toumey – Goshen / Cornwall CT

The Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.)’s Camp Toumey was stationed at Mohawk State Forest from June 25, 1933 to July 26, 1941. “Named for James W. Toumey, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry, CCC men from this camp lived among… read more

CCC Camp White – Barkhamsted CT

The Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.)’s Camp White, which housed Company #106 at American Legion State Forest in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, operated from Dec. 28, 1933 to Jan. 1, 1942. C.C.C. Museum: This camp was named for Alan C. White, who was a leader… read more

CCC Improvements – Big Bend National Park TX

From Our Mark on This Land (2011): “If you have driven, hiked, or slept in the Chisos Mountains, you have experienced CCC history. In May 1933, Texas Canyons State Park was established; it was later renamed Big Bend State Park…. read more

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park: Lindbergh House – Little Falls MN

According to the Minnesota Historical Society: “By the 1930s, the boyhood home of famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh had been badly damaged by souvenir-hunters. In 1936, the WPA began restoration of the house, which, along with the adjoining farmland, had… read more

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park – Seneca MD

Under the New Deal, the defunct Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal was acquired by the federal government and partially restored.  The canal, built between 1824 and 1850, is historically significant as one of the best preserved remnants of the great canal… read more