The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

Presented By David Schmidt

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 is currently the curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highland Hammock State Park in Sebring. Before that, he taught for 37 years focusing on United States history, Geography, and special education. He holds two masters degrees from Ball State University in Special Education and United States History and did additional study at Michigan State University, Indiana University, Bowling Green State University, and two summers of research at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY.

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