13 October 2008

NMGS Program, This Saturday: “New Mexico’s New Deal”

This Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10:30 AM

Botts Hall, Albuquerque Special Collections Library

423 Central NE, Albuquerque NM

(NW Corner of Edith and Central)

New Mexico Genealogical Society

Historian David Kammer, Ph.D.


"New Mexico's New Deal:

A 75th Anniversary Perspective"


President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal left an indelible mark on New Mexico's public architecture and landscape. Through programs such as the WPA. PWA and CCC, the unemployed obtained work relief and left New Mexico with a legacy that includes courthouses, town halls, community centers, public art and parks.

This illustrated talk will explore how the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression affected the state and the New Deal's efforts to stimulate the state's economy through thousands of public works projects that extended to every community in New Mexico. The talk will also focus on New Mexico's New Deal governor, Clyde Tingley, and the ways that the New Deal transformed not only the state's built environment but the role of state government as well.

In recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the New Deal, the talk will offer an array of examples showing how these public works projects remain a part of our state's heritage.

This program is free and open to the public.

This program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs.

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