Union School (former) Improvements – Millbury MA

Description

Improvements were made to the Millbury, Massachusetts’s old Union School (high school) building and grounds with the assistance of federal New Deal funds. The old high school is now the Mary Elizabeth McGrath Educational Center.

The Civil Works Administration provided labor for a grounds grading project begun in 1933. At the same time Federal Emergency Relief Act funds enabled a retaining wall repair project and other building improvements, including the painting of the “outside woodwork.” The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) redecorated the interior of the building in 1937 and continued retaining wall reconstruction. The National Youth Administration conducted miscellaneous improvements on the school grounds as well. Additionally, “the boys of the N.Y.A. built one large closet for the girls’ [athletic] equipment.”

Source notes

Annual Reports of the Town Officers of the Town of Millbury For the Year Ending December 31st, 1933; pages 6, 13.
Annual Reports of the Town Officers of the Town of Millbury For the Year Ending December 31st, 1934; pages 15.
Annual Reports of the Town Officers of the Town of Millbury For the Year Ending December 31st, 1936; pages 12.
Annual Reports of the Town Officers of the Town of Millbury For the Year Ending December 31st, 1938; pages 9.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the Town of Millbury For the Year Ending December 31st, 1938; pages 20.

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on October 11, 2014.

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Location Info

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130 Elm St.
Millbury, MA 01527

Coordinates: 42.189903, -71.763726

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