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We have created a printed map and pocket guide to the highlights of the New Deal in San Francisco, available to visitors, teachers, students and the general public.

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Signature on the back of a CWA model.

CWA Models Found in Museum Attic

Attics sometimes become unintended archives. At the Museum of the American Indian in Novato, California, director Colleen Hicks and archeologist Teresa Saltzman made a serendipitous discovery early this year. In January 2016, they found nine models of ancient Southwestern Puebloan… read more

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Wendell Jones, "Farmer Family" (Treasure Section, 1940)

A Closer Look at New Deal Muralist Wendell Jones

A fixture of the mid-century Woodstock arts scene, Wendell Jones painted four murals for the New Deal’s Section of Fine Arts. His works were admired by government officials and his peers alike, including Philip Guston.   From June to October 2014,… read more

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A New New Deal from the Bottom Up

At The Living New Deal, we’ve long been tracking rumblings of a new New Deal in American political circles. So often, though, that conversation centers on the biographies and affiliations of major politicians. Over at The American Prospect, Christopher Faricy… read more

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Each month, participate with fellow readers and a member of our staff in reading and discussing a book from or about the New Deal. If you are interested in joining, or have suggestions for books, contact Project Manager Gabriel Milner at info@livingnewdeal.org.

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Living New Deal Events

  • Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial.

    From June 21 to 23, the National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in Santa Fe. “A Century of Design in the Parks: Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks,” is sure to be a fascinating symposium, drawing… read more

  • Victor Arnautoff and the Richmond Post Office Mural.

    From our friends at the Richmond, CA, Museum of History:   The Richmond Museum of History is delighted to host our first fundraiser dedicated to the restoration of the mural Richmond: An Industrial City by Victor Arnautoff. The mural was… read more

  • Rethinking Economic and Educational Engagement in Berkeley.

    This Friday, April 29, the Roosevelt@Cal chapter of the Roosevelt Institute presents a “roundtable discussion with local elected officials and UC Berkeley professors.” Join the participants as they address the theme, “Disenchanted–Not Disengaged: Rethinking Economic & Educational Engagement in Berkeley.” This… read more