NEW DEAL STORIES COLLECTED BY THE LIVING NEW DEAL

Lena G. Reynolds

My family is from Chicago, but we’ve been fairly intertwined with the Quad Cities area, on the border of Illinois and Iowa (Moline, Rock Island, Bettendorf, and Davenport). One of our favorite places to visit is Blackhawk State Park in… read more

Richard H. Wedekindt

My wife’s great uncle was an artist under the WPA/FAP.  Edward Riegel worked on two large murals and did around 100 portraits of famous people in history.  Check him out on Edward J. Riegel artist burchfield=penney gallery, Buffalo, NY.  I… read more

Mary Morin, August ME 04330

Tribute to my Husband, Abel Joseph Duplessis: Maine Camp: Bridgton My husband, Abel Duplessis, of Van Buren, Maine was a part of Camp #`1124 in Bridgton Maine from 1936 to 1941. His job was that of first cook while there…. read more

The Untold Story of Key New Dealer, Frank Walker

TJ Walker, Grandson

I write to tell you about the life and work of my dear late grandfather, Frank Comerford Walker. He was a scarlet pimpernel who worked for positive change and ascended to a position where he was fortunate enough to help… read more

Bay Bridge Workers – Family Stories

Various family members of Bay Bridge workers

Family members of workers on the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge recount their stories in this video from the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. One striking bit is Jack Lamborn explaining how public works projects… read more

Edward Radice, English Scholar Present at the Dawn of the New Deal

Hugo Radice's father studied and wrote on the early New Deal

My daughter Dr. Martha Radice (a social anthropologist at Dalhousie University in Canada) heard about your project, the Living New Deal, and we thought that you might be interested in adding my father’s (her grandfather’s) works to your bibliography. Dr… read more

Dan Parks

Grandson of CCC worker

My grandfather, forced to quit school after the 8th grade to work on the family farm, fudged his age to join the CCC at 17. His CCC crew worked the Wisconsin northwoods and improved the beautiful Camp Copper Falls State… read more

Grover Jones

My family observed the New Deal projects in Lamar

I lived in Lamar Colorado until WWII, so I feel that these New Deal projects are part of my history.  I copied the following information from the internet. WILLOW CREEK PARK Memorial Drive, Parkview Ave. and Willow Valley Rd., Lamar… read more

Edie Hamlin & Maynard Dixon Murals

Sally Swope, Friend of Edie Hamlin

Maynard Dixon’s Muse Maynard Dixon and Edith Hamlin were enamored all their life with the Plains Indians, their legends and colorfulness, and everything about them. Unlike his former wife, Dorothea Lange, the famous Depression-era photographer, Edie seemed comfortable in Maynard’s… read more

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Chaplain Wanda H. Hunt, former NC Senator

Youngest daughter (third child) of former participant.

My father, the late Farrall R. Holder, was a former supervisor/participant for the New Deal public roads’ project built to Carver’s Gap in rugged Western NC for the NCDOT. His efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability through diligent work demonstrated and contributed… read more