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The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

Event Date:

September 26 @ 4:00 pm


Historic Owens School
5847 Southwest Owens School Street
Arcadia, FL 34266


Adrian Cline
863-494-4222 ext. 1000

Program Description:

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR’s 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. This program is presented by David Schmidt who is currently the curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida. Before that, he 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 Greene State University.