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Depression-Era Workers Found Strange Fossilized Beasts in 'Texas Serengeti'

About 12 million years ago, antelopes with slingshot-like horns and beasts that weren't quite elephants but that had long trunks and tusks tramped across the "Texas Serengeti" searching for food and caring for their babies.Little was known about this ancient menagerie until, during the Great Depression, the government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and tasked some of the organization's employees with finding and preserving thousands of fossils from the Miocene, an epoch ...
Tags: Texas, Science, North America, San Antonio, Matthew Brown, University of Texas at Austin, Works Progress Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, Texas Gulf Coast, BEEVILLE, Texas Serengeti, Glen Evans, University of Texas at Austin Jackson School, Steven May, Palaeontologia Electronica Photos


These High School Murals Depict an Ugly History. Should They Go?

The school board will decide if 13 Depression-era frescoes showing the life of George Washington should be destroyed.
Tags: Art, News, Washington, Native Americans, Blacks, George Washington, Works Progress Administration, George Washington High School, Murals, Race and Ethnicity, George (1732-99


Uncovering social work’s scientific rigor

Social Work as a profession was founded in the late 1900s and in the ensuing 120 years social workers have been at the forefront of movements for civil rights, worker’s rights, access to medical care for the poor, destigmatization of mental illness and substance abuse, improved treatment of incarcerated individuals, and many forms of work with children and families to keep them safe and healthy. Harry Hopkins, the architect of the Works Progress Administration, was a social worker. One of Hopkin...
Tags: Books, Chicago, United States, Social Security, Hopkins, U S Congress, John Dewey, Jane Addams, Pearce, Works Progress Administration, Frances Perkins, Jeanette Rankin, Diana Pearce, Addams, Harry Hopkins, Hull House


A giant wooden model of 1930s San Francisco has been put online

The David Rumsey Map Collection shares an amazing collection of photographs and the history of this 42 by 38 foot WPA built wooden map of San Francisco. Visit their site for high quality images. I will be lost in these images for hours. Full collection here. For the first time since 1942, the entire immense 42 by 38 foot WPA built San Francisco Model can be seen assembled virtually. Digitally knitting together all 158 separate pieces with over 6,000 blocks gives the viewer a sense of the ext...
Tags: Post, Maps, News, San Francisco, History, UC Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco Public Library, Works Progress Administration, San Francisco Visit, Planning Department, SFMOMA, Rumsey, David Rumsey Map Collection


Midterm Parallels 84 Years Later

The 2018 midterm election is a few weeks away. Investing in America’s infrastructure is a major emerging issue. As it was right before another midterm nearly a century ago, when much of what needs rebuilding today was first put in place. History does sometimes repeat In this case, some historical structures are still standing to help inform the future. Eighty-four years ago building America was a hot topic. Franklin Roosevelt was the new president, and his “New Deal” was poised to get going with...
Tags: America, Cleveland, Akron, Tim Rudell, Franklin Roosevelt, Youngstown, Works Progress Administration, Derby Downs, Carter Road Lift Bridge, Cleveland 's Memorial Shore Way, Donna DiBlasio


‘Haiti’ at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga brings history to life

Romance! Swordplay! History! All this plus a play that probably none of us has ever seen before.Reportedly giving this play its first-ever revival since its premiere in 1938, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents “Haiti,” written by William DuBois (just to be clear, not W.E.B. Du Bois). The history the play enacts is that of the Caribbean nation of Haiti in the early 1800s, fighting for its legal and actual independence from France. The play’s theatrical history includes a time when our fede...
Tags: California, France, La, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, Napoleon Bonaparte, Disneyland, Federal Theatre Project, Anthony Anderson, Haiti, Caribbean, Oliver


The Case for a Federal Jobs Guarantee

Democrats are getting behind an old idea to face new challenges of technologic disruption in the work force.
Tags: News, Unemployment, Income Inequality, Hiring and Promotion, Collective Bargaining, Booker, Sanders, Bernard, Humphrey, Works Progress Administration, Gillibrand, Law and Legislation, Wages and Salaries, United States Politics and Government, Labor and Jobs, Kirsten E


Mopars at 2018 Grand National Roadster Show

The Los Angeles Fairplex held host to this year’s 69th Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) from January 25 to 27. The Fairplex is a historic exhibition facility, dating back to 1922 when the first L.A. County Fair was held. In 1930, at the height of the Great Depression, a number of new halls were built under the Works Progress Administration, one of which was then called Building 7. Today, this is Building 9, and, in January, it held host to 107 of the finest, most historic muscle cars from aro...
Tags: Featured, Colorado, Washington, Los Angeles, Canada, Gm, Bay Area, Pomona, Daytona, Hemi, Stan, Dodge Daytona, Dodge Challenger, Mike Preston, Cuda, Works Progress Administration


Dust Bowl on the Hill

On April 19, 1935, the Senate saw the Dust Bowl problem up close and personalFour days earlier, on April 14, 1935, the biggest dust storm in U.S. history hit the prairie states, pushing a tower of dirt more than two miles into the air, and moving 300,000 tons of topsoil towards the east coast. This was "Black Sunday" -- the day the wind moved more dirt in a single afternoon than was dug by an army of machines toiling for over seven years to build the Panama Canal.On April 19, 1935, five days a...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, Pets, Maine, Kansas, Panama Canal, North Carolina, Fdr, Vermont, Hoover, South, Bennett, Arlington National Cemetery, U S Forest Service, Roosevelt


The plight of the poor: Thoughts on systemic poverty, fault, and responsibility

I write a lot at Get Rich Slowly about habits that foster wealth and success. Like it or not, there are very real differences between the behaviors and attitudes of those who have money and those who don’t. This isn’t me being classist or racist. It’s a fact. And I think that if we want ourselves and others to be able to enjoy economic mobility, to escape poverty and dire circumstances, we have to have an understanding of the necessary mental shifts. The problem, of course, is that it’s one thin...
Tags: Mexico, China, Germany, Russia, Marketing, Economics, Poverty, History, United States, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Jesus, Will Smith, Personal Responsibility, Don


National Trust names Chicago art center a national treasure

CHICAGO (AP) — An art center established in Chicago by a Depression-era federal agency has been named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The South Side Community Art Center was dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt in May 1941. It was one of 100 art centers established by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal […]
Tags: News, Ap, Chicago, National Trust, Eleanor Roosevelt, Works Progress Administration, Nation & World


Before the Bookmobile: When Librarians Rode on Horseback to Deliver Books to Rural Americans During the Great Depression

An odd phenomenon has been at work in the past few years. Print book sales slope upward while eBook sales creep down. The trend manifests the opposite of what most people—or most people who write about these things—expected to happen, quite reasonably in many respects. Perhaps through sheer historical momentum, print retains its aura of authority. But everyone knows that buying isn’t reading, which may indeed be in decline given the primacy of images, audio, and video, of YouTube explain...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Kentucky, US, History, Fdr, Eleanor Roosevelt, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, PTA, Works Progress Administration, Durham NC Follow, Detroit Saskatoon Macon, Packhorse Library, Elizabeth Fullerton


Labor Day Google doodle inspired by art created during The Great Depression

The doodle mirrors murals from the Federal Art Project, part of the Works Progress Administration program founded in 1935. The post Labor Day Google doodle inspired by art created during The Great Depression appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.
Tags: Google, Seo, Channel: Consumer, Google: Logos, Works Progress Administration


A Dustbowl Eclipse in Washington, D.C.

On April 19, 1935, the Senate saw the Dust Bowl problem up close and personalFour days earlier, on April 14, 1935, the biggest dust storm in U.S. history hit the prairie states, pushing a tower of dirt more than two miles into the air, and moving 300,000 tons of topsoil towards the east coast. This was "Black Sunday" -- the day the wind moved more dirt in a single afternoon than was dug by an army of machines toiling for over seven years to build the Panama Canal.On April 19, 1935, five days a...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Senate, Pets, Maine, Kansas, Panama Canal, North Carolina, Fdr, Vermont, Hoover, South, Bennett, Arlington National Cemetery, U S Forest Service


John Mace, Voice Coach To Broadway And Campaigner For Marriage Equality, Has Died At 97

"After learning the singing exercise solfeggio from an older brother, he took voice lessons at a school sponsored by the Works Progress Administration and at 14 was singing on a local radio station with the Pawtucket Boys’ Club Harmonica Band." And as a sophomore at Juilliard in 1948, he met the partner he finally got […]
Tags: Art, People, Juilliard, Works Progress Administration, 05.26.17, John Mace Voice Coach To Broadway, Pawtucket Boys ' Club Harmonica Band


The CCC Toolbox Find: "A Time Capsule of Hand Tools"

Hey readers, we're excited to bring you this story and photo series from guest writer Dr. James E. Price. Dr. Price is an anthropologist, archaeologist and an accomplished joiner. You'll find his bio down at the bottom. He's managed to acquire a toolbox, still filled with tools, originally issued by the U.S. Government in 1933 for the Civilian Conservation Corps (read our story on the CCC here). It's a very rare find with great American historical significance. The rest of the entry is in Price'...
Tags: Tools, Design, US, Missouri, St Louis, US Army, National Park Service, Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, US Forest Service, Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, U S government, Ozark National Scenic Riverways


The Brilliant Way FDR Got America Back to Work—While Beautifying the Country and Protecting Our Environment

We're currently working up an entry on a very cool toolbox of historical significance. But before we can get to it, we have to give you this brief history lesson to provide some context. We hope you'll find it interesting on its own merits.In 1933 America was doing poorly; the Great Depression meant millions of people were starving and out of work. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in January of 1933, he brought with him a couple of brilliant ways to improve the lives of citizens while ...
Tags: Design, Congress, America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Design For Social Impact, Roosevelt, Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration


What FDR Can Teach Us About Comey, Putin, And National Unity

In the wake of the most divisive national election in modern memory, President Obama has stressed that the president-elect and others in positions of power must send out "signals of unity" to maintain "the norms of a functioning democracy," including the norms of "civility, tolerance, and a commitment to reason...facts and analysis." But evidence of electoral interference by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and hackers working for the Russian government has raised important questions about ou...
Tags: News, Putin, Obama, Congress, Senate, America, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, House, Paul ryan, Mitch McConnell, Cia, Fdr, Huffington Post, Justice Department


"His first art teacher was his father, who trained him nightly in calligraphy by having him dip a brush in water and trace ghostly characters on newspaper."

"They could not afford ink or drawing paper.... From 1936 to 1938, Mr. Wong was an artist for the Works Progress Administration, creating paintings for libraries and other public spaces.... Mr. Wong... joined Disney in 1938 as an 'in-betweener,' creating the thousands of intermediate drawings that bring animated sequences to life.... Painstaking, repetitive and for Mr. Wong quickly soul-numbing, it is the assembly-line work of animation...  A reprieve came in the late 1930s, when Mr. Wong learne...
Tags: Law, China, Immigration, Disney, San Francisco, Drawing, Wwii, Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney, Wong, Bambi, Works Progress Administration, Ann Althouse


When Haunted Houses Turn The American Dream Into A Nightmare

A year ago, my then-boyfriend and I were looking for an apartment in Brooklyn. We lived in Manhattan, but wanted to retreat a bit from the bustle of the East Village. Selfishly, I wanted an apartment that was newer and easier to clean than our crumbling old walk-up. That’s how our realtor ended up directing us to 123 on the Park, a massive edifice on the southeast edge of Prospect Park. Flashily renovated, lavishly appointed with amenity after amenity and right on the park, the rental prope...
Tags: Google, New York, News, Molly, Massachusetts, Russia, New York City, America, Georgia, Park, Brooklyn, Reddit, New Orleans, Manhattan, Salem, Osborne


Halifax.WickedLocal.com: Plymouth [MA] Philharmonic is launching its 101st season at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 with a program featuring Florence Price's Symphony No. 3

Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works Lists by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Wicked Local Halifax Monday, September 26, 2016 By Emily Clark PLYMOUTH – Think of a tour of the south through the 1890s into the 1930s, and then rocketing off for a visit to seven planets. The Plymouth Philharmonic, affectionately known as “The Phil,” is launching its 101st season at 8 p...
Tags: Religion, America, Plymouth, Halifax, Works Progress Administration, Gustav Holst, Holst, William J Zick, Dominique Rene de Lerma, Florence Price, Florence Beatrice Smith


Books are for everyone at this outdoor reading room

The first thing you need to know about the Bryant Park Reading Room is that it isn’t a room. Located behind the New York Public Library in Manhattan, this open-air Reading Room sits under a leafy canopy of plane trees at the 42nd Street entrance to Bryant Park. Green metal carts hold books and periodicals for children and adults, and anyone may sit and read—no library card needed! “‘I’m in a muddle about a lot of things—I’ve just discovered that I’ve a mind, and I’m starting to read.’ ‘Read what...
Tags: Books, Featured, Literature, Manhattan, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, New York Public Library, Thomas Hardy, Dick, Hemingway, Anton Chekhov, Reading Room, Herman Melville, Melville, Chekhov, Scott Fitzgerald


8 great South Dakota experiences

SOUTH DAKOTA’S GREAT 8 — Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave, Historic Deadwood, the mighty Missouri River — rival any other state’s list of attractions, but what lies beyond the obvious things to do here? Once you’ve gotten up close and personal with Crazy Horse and traversed the alien landscape of the Badlands, it’s time to head deeper. For your consideration, we present a lesser-known “Great 8,” where you can avoid the crowds, keep the budget at or near $0, and check out the non-guidebook side of Sout...
Tags: Shania Twain, US, America, World, South Dakota, Experiences, Labor Day, Alberta, All, Alejandro Iñárritu, South Dakota Travel Guide, Hugh Glass, Clark, Howe, Rick, Dakota


See 18 Gorgeous Public Health Posters From the 1930s

Artists created these images to spread important messages about health and safety
Tags: Health, Photography, Uncategorized, Public Health, Psa, New Deal, Works Progress Administration, Public Health Posters, Gorgeous Public Health


A Most Ingenious Paradox

Many opera companies have experimented with updating works from the standard repertoire in order to make them more relevant to contemporary audiences. Why? Doing so has financial as well as artistic rewards (because the scores to many operas are now in the public domain, an impresario may not need to pay royalties in order to be granted production rights). In 1866, Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 opera, The Elixir of Love, became the subject of a musical parody written by none other than William S. Gil...
Tags: Japan, New York, London, Australia, Wikipedia, America, San Francisco, Chicago, Groucho Marx, Italy, Broadway, Johnny Depp, Las Vegas, Fifth Avenue, Angela Lansbury, Shakespeare


New Documentary Enough to Live on to Screen at the United States Capitol

In May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration, the WPA, Franklin Roosevelt returned American workers back to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression. Under the Federal Art Project of the WPA, these workers included artists, writers, actors, and musicians as well, for FDR believed that in order to lift ourselves out of economic stagnation, we would also need to rebuild the culture o...
Tags: America, Fdr, Franklin Roosevelt, United States Capitol, Works Progress Administration


Vintage Oregon: Labor Day and what the WPA built

With Labor Day approaching, it's a perfect time to take the wayback machine to the Great Depression and take a look at the mind-blowing stuff built by the WPA in Oregon. Born from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in 1935, the Works Progress Administration - later renamed the Work Projects Administration -- employed millions of unemployed workers to design and construct public buildings, bridges, roads, hydroelectric dams and public art.
Tags: Oregon, Franklin D Roosevelt, Works Progress Administration, Work Projects Administration


Vintage Oregon: Labor Day and what the WPA built

With Labor Day approaching, it's a perfect time to take the wayback machine to the Great Depression and take a look at the mind-blowing stuff built by the WPA in Oregon. Born from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in 1935, the Works Progress Administration - later renamed the Work Projects Administration -- employed millions of unemployed workers to design and construct public buildings, bridges, roads, hydroelectric dams and public art.
Tags: Oregon, Franklin D Roosevelt, Works Progress Administration, Work Projects Administration


4 kids to be charged in historic Ore. stadium fire

A group of kids will be charged with first-degree arson for starting a fire that burned a historic Oregon stadium to the ground, authorities said. The Civic Stadium in Eugene was built in 1938 by the Depression Era's Works Progress Administration, the massive program pushed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to give jobs to suffering Americans.
Tags: Oregon, Eugene, Franklin D Roosevelt, Works Progress Administration


Ayn Rand personally profited from FDR's New Deal

In 1936 Ayn Rand was no fan of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal programs. So it may come as a surprise to fans of Rand that the libertarian icon took money from the Works Progress Administration's Federal Theatre Project. Like a lot of money.Read more...
Tags: Ayn Rand, Theater, Fun Facts, Wpa, Fdr, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Federal Theatre Project, Night Of January 16th, Franklin D Roosevelt, Works Progress Administration