Frances Perkins is not a household name regretably, although it should be. During her tenure as the first woman member of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cabinet, she did so much for this country. As a key advisor to the President, she was responsible for initiating ground-breaking programs that are the bulwark of American society today – including social security, the 40-hour work week, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and the minimum wage.
Although she was born in Massachusetts, her escape from her life in Washington, D.C. was the family homestead on the River Road in Newcastle. Her grandson Tomlin Coggleshall has been the driving force behind an effort to preserve the homestead by sharing her commitment to the principal that government should provide all is people with the best possible life and by preserving the place that shaped her character.
The premiere showing of HIghlights of the LIfe and Legacy of Frances Perkins is on April 10, 2019 at the Lithgow Library, Augusta, Maine at 5:00 pm. To make a reservation for this free event, please call 207 – 563-3374.
Last fall, the non-profit received a $30,000. grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation, a creation of the late actor Paul Newman, to make this traveling educational exhibit possible.