Spring 2015 Newsletter

Remembering My Grandmother, Eleanor Roosevelt. (She was a perilous driver!)

Commemorative years are times for celebration and reflection. This year, the 80th anniversary of the WPA, founded April 8, 1935, we celebrate the signature program of the New Deal with a party at California Historical Society.  We find the roots of the New Deal in the Gilded Age—a time not unlike our own. As we approach the 70th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s death, on April 12, 1945, we talk with John Roosevelt Boettiger about his childhood at The White House and later, living with his grandmother, Eleanor Roosevelt.  We reflect on the promise of the U.N., nourished by both FDR and Mrs. Roosevelt, and brought to life 70 years ago, on June 26, 1945. Historic events converged amidst towering redwoods at Muir Woods, where, on May 19, 1945, hundreds of U.N. delegates gathered to honor the late president.

The Living New Deal regards these times as both formative and vital to our national identity. Our mission is to keep them, and the ideals they stand for, alive in the minds of Americans today. We welcome your support.

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Check out our latest map and guide to the work of the New Deal in Washington, D.C. It includes 500 New Deal sites in the District alone, highlighting 34 notable sites, and includes an inset map of the area around the National Mall which can be used for self-guided walking tours.

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