Revisiting New York's New Deal

When: Thursday, May 18, 6:30pm
Price: $15 and up | $10 for Museum members
Image credit: Mural by Reginald Marsh in U.S. Custom House, New York City

The New Deal promised to lift Americans out of the Great Depression through an expansive federal public works program that offered a grand vision of what government could be.  Recent scholarship offers new considerations of this period and illuminates New York City’s pivotal role.  Presented in collaboration with The New York Society Library, join historian Mason Williams and founder of The Living New Deal project, Gray Brechin, for an in-depth look at New York City during the New Deal. Moderated by Sarah Seidman ,Curator of the Museum's ongoing exhibition Activist New York

The Living New Deal is a crowd-sourced online project which is conducting the first comprehensive inventory of New Deal public works in the United States and its territories.

About the Speakers: 
Gray Brechin is an award-winning writer and historical geographer whose book Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin spent sixteen weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list. He is the founder and Project Scholar of The Living New Deal.

Mason Williams is a historian of twentieth-century American politics and economics. He is the author of City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York (New York: Norton, 2013) and a professor of Leadership Studies at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Sarah Seidman (moderator) is the Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. She curated the Museum's ongoing exhibition, Activist New York, which examines social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present.  

Reception to follow. The Living New Deal Map will also be available for purchase after the event.

$20 Adults | $15 students, seniors, and educators | $10 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

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This event is presented in collaboration with The New York Society Library.  

Promotional partner: The Gracie Mansion Conservancy

Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

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