NEW DEAL STORIES COLLECTED BY THE LIVING NEW DEAL

Madilane Perry, Washnington

Daughter of former CCC, WPA, and NYA workers

My parents and my stepfather were participants in various New Deal programs but my father was the most active. He was enrolled in the CCC, worked for the NYA and helped to build Grand Coulee Dam. After that he went… read more

Ned Pearlstein, Berkeley CA

In 1937, when I was just seven years old, my family moved from 92st Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, to an apartment at 50 West 90th Street. It was a major move for me, since I found myself plunged… read more

Philip H Willkie

My grandfather was Wendell Willkie(WLW). I grew up in a political laboratory. From the earliest age my father Philip, the only child of WLW talked endlessly about Joseph McCarthy & Roy Cohen, who were destroying America. Dad was an anti… read more

Steve Worsley

I believe that Coit Memorial Tower should be a 1934 Museum with a docent. My story as to why I say that comes from the outer Mission in Depression San Francisco. Just one of those stories about another shattered Irish… read more

Craig B. Wilson

[Note: My father, Carl C. Wilson, wrote this remembrance of his year in the CCC for his family. As you will read, the CCC was instrumental in his decision to become a forester. In 1978 he retired from a distinguished… read more

Viviana Dominguez

I am an art conservator specialize in New Deal murals . I restored 6 murals so far between Ellicot Cityin Maryland (old post-office), Fullerton (old city hall) in California, Arizona Southern(at ASU) and Key West in Florida. I enjoyed each… read more

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

New Deal Maps

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.

Take a look at our previous guides, equally comprehensive, covering key New Deal sites in San Francisco and New York City.