The Lowdown

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

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  • A New Museum to Honor Greendale WI
    • July 1, 2019
    The Greendale Historical Society has purchased a Greendale WI original home located at 5597 Apple Court and plans to transform it into a 1930s-era museum. Renovations are to begin soon. Greendale was a planned community that was part of the New Deal’s ‘Greenbelt Towns.’The program sought to create affordable housing for low-income workers. Built ...
  • Where in the World is Evan: Cape Cod MA
    • July 1, 2019
    This month, Evan draws our attention to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Driving to this summer destination means you take one of two massive Public Works Administration bridges spanning the Cape Cod Canal (which was also widened with New Deal funds). Nearby, Joint Base Cape Cod (originally Camp Edwards and Otis Field) was the largest Works Progress ...
  • The New Deal Worked
    • June 19, 2019
    “The New Deal Worked” is a new section of our website that seeks to counter popular and journalistic narratives portraying the New Deal as a failure or at best well-meaning but ineffective. Conservative commentators have long argued that the public programs of the New Deal were not the engine of the ...
  • Remembering New Deal New York
    • June 19, 2019
    The LND has created a new chapter in New York City, an exciting effort to reacquaint New Yorkers with the legacy of the New Deal in the city through signage, tours, and educational events. This new initiative was launched on May 7, as two hundred New Yorkers gathered for a ...
  • Where in the World is Evan: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
    • June 19, 2019
    The Living New Deal catalogues projects from all over the United States, and U.S. territories are no different. We have more than 100 projects for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alaska culled from archival documents. When our Researcher-at-Large Evan Kalish read an article detailing the restoration of New Deal murals ...
  • The Arnautoff Murals and the Removal of Public Art
    • June 19, 2019
    In July, a panel of historians will discuss the controversy over the George Washington High School Victor Arnautoff murals, which some have interpreted to promote a narrow, Eurocentric view of history. This panel will open with a brief visual presentation on the murals and the multicultural murals painted in response ...
  • New Deal Lessons for the Transition to a Green Economy
    • May 4, 2019
    More than eighty years ago, the original New Deal put forward an ambitious plan to mobilize the country’s people and resources to bring the country back from the brink of economic calamity. Today, as millions of Americans find themselves excluded from participating in the country’s economic recovery, the Green New ...
  • Jo Mora Exhibit: From the Old West to the New Deal
    • May 4, 2019
    A new exhibit co-sponsored by the Living New Deal and presented by the Jo Mora Trust will be showcasing artist Jo Mora’s works June 7–June 27, 2019 at the Canessa Galley in San Francisco. A prolific California artist, actor, author, and cartoonist, Joseph Jacinto Mora (1876-1947) worked in a variety ...
  • Community Groups Fight to Preserve WPA Armory
    • May 4, 2019
    The Armory Community Project needs urgent help to save the WPA-built Sheboygan Armory from demolition. Located in in Sheboygan WI, the 1941 structure served as a community center for decades, but is now slated for demolition to make way for housing development. For the past year, local community groups have mobilized in an effort to ...
  • Where in the World is Evan: Arkansas USPS Stamp Dedication
    • May 4, 2019
    The U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the artistic legacy of the New Deal via a new set of stamps. Five historic New Deal murals are featured on a new sheet of 10 U.S. postage stamps. Called “Post Office Murals,” the sheets are now available for sale nationwide. The stamps were formally introduced at ...
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