This organization, since its inception, has made presentations about the New Deal activities at National Trust Annual Conferences in Santa Fe, Washington, Los Angeles, Cleveland and now this October in Denver. Annual Meetings are held while attending these conference which hopefully will encourage others to join us and help us with our mission and goals. We held our own conference in Chicago in May 2002 and it was varied in papers presented on the New Deal projects and numerous states were also represented. And we hope to do another one in the future.
Although we may be new, the participants have spent many years and much effort to further the causes of historic preservation and in stimulating academic interest in a critically understudied and significant period in the history of the United States.
This all started from ….
A NEW DEAL PLANNING SESSION; SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO; December 3-4, 1998
Our purpose was to bring together people and organizations interested in New Deal activities and creations. A goal was to develop a presentation for the 1999 annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage and support nationwide preservation of art and other creations of the New Deal era.
Invitations were sent to eighty-five people, asking them to come to Santa Fe at their own expense to participate in the two-day session. Many responded that they could not attend but would support the efforts of the group. There were twenty attendees from Washington, DC, Illinois, Ohio, California and New Mexico.
Conference participants were welcomed at 9 am on December 3, 1998 by Secretary of State Stephanie Gonzales, whose office has long supported preservation of and education about New Deal art in New Mexico. Then Dr. Edson Way, Director of the Office of Culture Affairs for the State of New Mexico, spoke to the value of the effort to date and pledged his support to continuing the well-established effort in this state. The attendees then spoke about their interests and what they wished to see accomplished in the two-day session.
After considerable discussion about interests, scope, and organizational strategies, it was agreed that a national not-for-profit, organization should be formed immediately so that involvement and membership could be encouraged, goals established, fundraising started, publicity begun, and planning accomplished for presentations at conferences. Roy Lemons and Charles Singletary from the National Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni group encouraged inclusion of CCC projects and products in our scope and suggested the possibility of a mutually beneficial association with their organization.
The following was agreed upon as the mission of our organization: to identify, preserve, document, and educate people about the legacy of the New Deal (1933-42) visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects.
The assembled group agreed that the new organization should be called the National New Deal Preservation Association.
BOARD OF THE NATIONAL NEW DEAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION
Those present who agreed to serve on the Board of the new organization are: Stan Rosen; Sarah Pirkl; Barbara Stanislawski from the National Park Service; Ann Olszewski from the Cleveland Public Library; Connie Kieffer from Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois; Keith Andreucci from GSA regional office in Texas; Lynda Grasty from the New Mexico New Deal Task Force; Duane Chartier from ConservArt Associates; Jane Jodeit; Kathryn Flynn from the New Mexico Secretary of State Office and the New Mexico New Deal Task Force; Sally Bowler-Hill; Sam Larcombe, Joan Barr, Roy Lemons and Charles Singletary. Representatives from the CCC, National Trust for Historic Preservation and other related groups and individuals will be sought as additional board members and advisors.
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL NEW DEAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION
We elected Sam Larcombe as President, Duane Chartier as Vice President, Lynda Grasty as Secretary, and Connie Kieffer as Treasurer of NNDPA.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NNDPA
Kathy Flynn was named Executive Director of NNDPA by a unanimous vote.