Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saturday: A talk on Hartford and the WPA

From the Hartford Public Library's Hartford History Center:

"Join us for a conversation with Cynthia M. Koch, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York and Connecticut State Archivist Mark Jones, project coordinator for the Connecticut Federal Art Project Artists. FDR's New Deal cultural programs marked the U.S. government's first big, direct investment in cultural development. The largest and most important of the New Deal programs, and the favorite of Eleanor Roosevelt, was the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a massive employment relief program launched in the spring of 1935. Cynthia Koch and Mark Jones will discuss FDR's national policy and how it played out on the local scene in the context of art and artists in the Hartford area. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Eugene Leach of Trinity College. For more information, call Hartford History Center at (860) 695-6297 or visit online at"

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