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The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was on 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, 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 funded by Florida Humanities’ Florida Talks program in partnership with the Citrus County Historical Society.
Date/time: March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Presented By:David Schmidt, Scholar