NEW DEAL STORIES COLLECTED BY THE LIVING NEW DEAL

Oma L. Rose

When I was a child in the 1940s, before air conditioning and because parents did not have money for entertainment, we would take a fishing pole to a local area in Reno, Nevada called Virginia Lake to cool off and… read more

A Forest Returns – To Ohio

Journalist

Ora Anderson was a journalist living in Southeastern Ohio during the Great Depression. In an oral history, he recalls the environmental and social conditions that led to the establishment of the Wayne National Forest. Along with historical photographs, Ora Anderson’s… read more

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Esther Benedict

Family member of a participant

A few years ago I was helping my mother go through her things before she moved into a retirement community. There were numerous quilt pieces, some blocks and a couple of quilt tops. The sewing wasn’t all that great and… read more

George E. Forbes

Educational Advisor for Camp Cuyamaca Rancho

Our camp takes a different turn than most of the camps…. We say the first thing in preparing for a job is to build up your math and English, but instead of Italian, we teach welding and carpentry and painting… read more

From Joseph H. Engbeck, Jr., By the People, For the People, p. 135

Roy Lemons

Retired petroleum engineer and former CCC enrollee

I’m 81 years old now, and I’ve seen a lot of changes. As a petroleum engineer, I’ve worked and traveled in more than fifty nations, and broken bread with the CEOs of major corporations and several heads of state. I’ve… read more

From Joseph H. Engbeck, Jr., By the People, For the People, p. 142

Cliff Russell

Former CCC enrollee

I’m glad I grew up when I did and I’m glad I lived in San Clemente. My family moved there in 1935 when I was 15. That was during the Depression and times were tough. In the summers, I went… read more

From Joseph H. Engbeck, Jr., By the People, For the People, p. 121

Herman Volz

Graphic Artist

I’m very thankful for the [FAP] project. It was a fabulous occasion where everyone could work steadily on art without any interruption. That’s the only way I think a person can really move and really develop — if he has… read more

Joseph Danysh

Art dealer and administrator of the WPA Federal Works of Art Program (FAP) in the West

The WPA days were a fantastic period in my life. The contribution that I made was not so much as administrator and director of the project as a brash young guy that didn’t worry about his own hide too much…. read more

From City of San Francisco magazine, February 4, 1976, p. 20

Daniel Barth – Gridley, CA

The Butte County hospital was built too late for my grandfather, Michael Tomasovich. He died from tuberculosis just before the hospital was built. If my mother’s family had lived 600′ to the south, in Sutter Co., he would have had… read more

William T. Davoren – Tiburon, CA

I first met FDR, the acronym, probably in 1936 when I was 12. I remember a short conversation with my mom. She was a legal secretary and mother of four. Helluva gal, barely five feet tall. It seems I was… read more