The Lowdown

The Lowdown features articles on the people, projects and achievements of the Living New Deal itself.

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  • When Our Government Worked
    • November 25, 2020
    The Living New Deal is hard at work fueling the growing public interest in the New Deal as a model of leadership, hope and action in troubled times. Our website is a searchable archive of New Deal artworks, buildings, vast public works and the people and programs that helped our nation recover from the Great Depression and thrive. Through talks, tours and special ...
  • New Deal Map Gets a Makeover
    • November 25, 2020
    We are happy to announce new and improved features to our online national map of New Deal sites. We’ve switched over from Google maps to a new platform, Mapbox. Visitors to livingnewdeal.org will find a more colorful map minus much of the commercial clutter found on Google maps. There are color-coded markers for every mapped site for the New Deal agency responsible for the ...
  • Help Us Spread the Word
    • November 25, 2020
    That the Living New Deal has accomplished so much, so fast, is in no small part thanks to our volunteer sleuths, who submit their New Deal discoveries to us. Our website now features more than 16,000 unique sites. We’re looking for some social media ambassadors to help us fuel the national conversation about the New Deal. Please repost our content and “Like” ...
  • Recording New Deal History
    • November 25, 2020
    Few records exist of any coordinated attempt to sum up all that the New Deal built. That’s probably because the one agency that might have done it— the Historical Records Survey (HRS), established in 1935, was shut down in 1943 during the war. The HRS was originally part of WPA’s Federal Writers Project. Its charge was surveying ...
  • Lisa Thompson Acts Out
    • November 25, 2020
    Since 2013, Lisa Thompson has tended Livingnewdeal.org, adding to and troubleshooting our website as it has grown in content and complexity. Her latest upgrades have it humming faster and smoother than ever. Lisa added a glossary of New Deal terms to our site, deciphering the alphabet soup of agencies like SSA, TVA, CWA, NRA, CCC, WPA, ...
  • LND Awarded National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant
    • May 9, 2020
    We are thrilled to announce that the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has awarded the Living New Deal a $5,000 grant to support the development and dissemination of our Map/Guide to the Art and Architecture of the New Deal for Washington, D.C. This is the third map in our series of ...
  • Our Annual Spring Appeal: Adapting to Change
    • May 9, 2020
    Our annual Spring fundraising appeal will be delayed and happen differently this year. We are upgrading the way we process and keep track of donations with the implementation of a donor management technology platform, Neon CRM. The new system will streamline donor acknowledgements and improve record-keeping efficiency. As people become more comfortable ...
  • Patriots’ Day and Revolutionary Cambridge
    • May 9, 2020
    Patriots’ Day is a cherished holiday in Massachusetts. It commemorates the American Revolution and the central role that the state, and Cambridge, played in the fight for independence. In observance of Patriots’ Day, our National Associate, Fern Nesson, published another essay in her Travels with the American Guide Series, this time about Cambridge ...
  • WPA-built Woodlawn Park in Ligonier, IN
    • May 9, 2020
    According to Glory-June Greiff, our Indiana National Associate, “nearly half of Indiana’s state parks, and all but two of its state forests were developed or improved by New Deal agencies.” Reporting from Ligonier, Indiana, where she gave a lecture a few months ago, Glory-June recounts her impressions and describes some of ...
  • Posters for the Green New Deal Exhibit Now Online
    • April 12, 2020
    “Art and Activism: From the New Deal to the Green New Deal,” our exhibit at the Canessa Gallery in San Francisco, was cut short due to the shelter-in-place order in the city. Now, thanks to our partners at the Creative Action Network, the public can view the exhibit highlights online. ...
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