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The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Franklin Delano Roosevelt | AP Photo

This talk will be in person. Free to the public. Please RSVP.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Many saw it as a ‘make work’ program which did not accomplish its goals – the acronym was derided as ‘We Piddle Around.’ The evidence indicates that the program was far more successful and, even today, Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions created by the WPA. This program views the WPA and focuses on the still existing projects. David Schmidt, the curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida, taught for 37 years focusing on United States History, geography, and special education. Mr. Schmidt holds two masters’ degrees from Ball State University and did additional study at Michigan State University, Indiana University, and Bowling Green State University.

This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Lake Wales History Museum. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Event Date/time:

April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm -
April 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm


Presenter Information:
David Schmidt, Curator of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
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Event Contact:

Julya Lizarralde
(863) 676-1759

Event Venue:

Lake Wales History Museum
325 S Scenic Highway
Lake Wales, FL 33853 United States
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