Mon., Nov. 6, at 7 PM
Adobe Rose Theatre, 1213 Parkway Dr., Suite B, Santa Fe, NM 87507
A Benefit for the National New Deal Preservation Association, to reserve tickets (Santa Fe, NM) An 80-year-old Sinclair Lewis play about the election of a totalitarian president and the manipulation of the press will be brought back to life in Santa Fe, one of many communities throughout the country staging revival performances of It Can’t Happen Here!

The New Mexico Chapter of National New Deal Preservation Association (NNDPA), a non-profit group, is putting on a dramatic reading of Lewis’ semi-satirical play, based on his same-titled novel, on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Adobe Rose Theatre. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at, or by calling the NNDPA office at 505-690-5845. All proceeds will benefit the NNDPA.

“Given the current political climate, this groundbreaking play is quite timely,” said NNDPA Executive Director Kathy Flynn. “It was performed in 21 U.S. theaters in seventeen states on October 27, 1936 in productions sponsored by the Federal Theater Project, a program of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA). Fast forward to 2016 after the U.S. presidential election when interest in the play was revived and again performed nationwide. After seeing it in Albuquerque in October 2016, our board wanted to bring it to Santa Fe and is excited about the cast being put together to share the relevant plot.”

Former Lensic Executive Manager, Bob Martin will direct the reading with participation from an unusual cast of prominent Santa Feans and local actors. Some of those on the cast list include Martin, Pen La Farge, Hollis Walker, Monica Sosaya Halford, retired New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna, and Jennifer Graves.

Flynn founded the NNDPA in 1998 to promote nationwide the identification, documentation, preservation and education about the many New Deal programs in visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures, infrastructure and environmental projects created between 1933-43. To date, the NM Chapter has raised over $500,000 to catalogue and help restore more than 150 New Deal art pieces, monuments, and buildings in New Mexico.

New Deal Grandchildren Speak



A Panel of direct descendants of major New Dealers will discuss the importance of their grandparents’ legacy to the 21st century at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York, at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Participants will include James Roosevelt, Jr., David Wallace Douglas, Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall and June Hopkins.

This special gathering will be jointly hosted by the FDR Presidential Library  and the National New Deal Preservation Association.  The Panel, to be held in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, will be moderated by Christopher N. Breiseth, board member of the NNDPA and former president and CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

At the reception following the Panel, other members of the families of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry A. Wallace, Frances Perkins, Harry Hopkins and Frank Walker will be recognized.

At 3 p.m., before the Panel, the NNDPA will present the Kathy Flynn Preservation Awards.  Randall Wallace, grandson of Vice President Wallace, will give a concert at 7 p.m.

The FDR Library staff is excited to collaborate with the NNDPA for this program and expects a large audience, with possible national broadcast of the Panel.

All events are free and open to the public.

May 18th 2017 – Museum of the City of New York – Revisiting New York’s New Deal

Revisiting New York's New Deal

To register and for more information – Use code LND for $10.00 tickets!

Reception to follow. The Living New Deal Map will also be available for purchase after the event.

May 11th 2017 Roosevelt House – The New Deal in New York City

Roosevelt House Logo

Roosevelt House

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Roosevelt House
Roosevelt House’s latest exhibit celebrates the vast range of projects funded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. Whether brick-and-mortar or jobs in the theater, arts or education, thousands were employed, the city transformed, and morale boosted. Hundreds of these projects can be found on the new map published by the Living New Deal, which will be featured in the exhibit and during the panel discussion.
This special discussion will feature Owen Gutfreund (moderator), Hilary Ballon, Ira Katznelson, William Leuchtenburg, and Richard Walker.

Free Event – “Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-40”

FREE EVENT – TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017 at Noon (Whittall Pavilion)

Free Event -Sidney Robertson Cowell

“Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-40”

Cathy Kerst, American Folklife Center

Get free tickets from Eventbrite
(tickets available 01/04/2017, beginning at 10 AM)

As a young woman of 35, Sidney Robertson proposed, organized, and directed a California Work Projects Administration project designed to survey musical traditions from a wide range of English-speaking and immigrant communities in Northern California. The result of her efforts generated a remarkable multi-format ethnographic field collection (with recordings, photographs, sketches and drawings of the musical instruments, and field notes)—the WPA California Folk Music Project (1938-1940)–that captured a unique cross-section of the music that people of many backgrounds were performing at the time.

Whitney Plantation

Louisiana News – Whitney Plantation

The Whiteny Plantation museum facility has a collection of the Federal Writer’s Project’s “Slave Narratives”  copies obtained via National Archives .  Located at  5099 Louisiana Hwy 18. Edgard, LA 70049. Originally a plantation as of 1752 but John Cummings spent 16 years planning and implementing this museum.  Film about museum on  Contact person: Ashley Rogers 225-265-3300. “Telling the Story of Slavery.” New Yorker Magazine. Feb 17, 2016.  Author: Kalim Armstrong

Aimee Goram Wood Mural

Aimee Goram Mural Restored!

Public unveiling of the newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Builders of a Better World” by Aimee Gorham
The entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary has been graced with the work of Aimee Spencer Gorham since 1938 when the large format wood marquetry mural titled Send Us Forth to be Builders of a Better World was installed there, but almost 80 years of accumulated soiling, wear, and vandalism had obscured the exquisite and glowing figural effects of the wood grains in the mural. On Thursday, Dec. 1st, from 6-8 pm, The Chapman PTA, Neighbors West-Northwest and Heritage Conservation Group will invite the public to view the mural in its newly restored condition. Conservation of the murals was made possible by funding through the State of Oregon’s Oregon Heritage Grant, the Juan Young Trust, the Autzen Foundation and community donations. The unveiling event is sponsored by Neighbors West-Northwest and organized by the Chapman PTA.

During the unveiling event, talks will be given by art historian Bonnie Laing Malcolmson on Aimee Gorham, Heritage Conservation Group president Nina Olsson on the conservation treatment, and Dr. Suzana Radivojevic, wood scientist with the U of O Historic Preservation Program, on Gorham’s the use of wood veneer and plywood in the historic context of the wood products industry of the Pacific Northwest. There will also be a dedication of a new Auditorium sign by Butch Miller, of the American Marquetry Association.

Aimee Gorham is best known for her work at the Timberline Lodge, the largest and most ambitious New Deal project of the area, where two of her pieces grace the walls of that temple to rustic regionalism. Under WPA programs, Gorham produced murals for Oregon State University’s School of Forestry, numerous Portland Public schools, regional art centers in Oregon, and for the New York World’s Fair in 1939. She established a workshop of furniture makers from Timberline Lodge that executed her designs into the 1950s.

Gorham only recently has come to be is considered a significant regional artist, despite never having received adequate recognition. This may have been due to now outdated concepts in art criticism during the mid and late 20th century, that considered her technical medium, wood marquetry, a decorative or “minor art”. Not to be overlooked is her identity as a female artist, which also may have contributed to her lack of critical fortune due to gender bias.

Learn more about this significant piece of work Come at the educational community event on Thursday, Dec. 1st, from 6-8 pm at the Chapman Elementary School Auditorium, 1445 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210. Appetizers and child friendly activities will be provided.

NM CCC Statue Dedication

Exciting news – Bandelier, NM CCC Statue Dedication 2016

Click on the link below to learn more about the Bandelier, NM CCC Statue Dedication 2016 ceremony

Bandelier, NM CCC Statue Dedication 2016