"There is always a large horizon... There is much to be done... I am not going to be doing it! It is up to you to contribute some small part to a program of human betterment for all time." - Frances Perkins to the students of Syracuse University, February 12, 1960.

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frances Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, U.S. secretary of labor for Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and still the longest-sitting secretary of labor in U.S. history), Cornell University guest professor of industrial and labor relations, social worker, factory inspector, New York State commissioner of labor -- a pioneering woman in and ahead of her time, champion of the New Deal, close friend and advisor to FDR.


If you missed Lawrence O'Donnell's wonderful features on Frances Perkins, you can watch the videos here...

bookA Promise to All Generations: Stories and Essays about Social Security and Frances Perkins

Co-edited by the Center's Board Chair, Dr. Christopher Breiseth and Board member, Kirstin Downey, author of "The Woman Behind the New Deal," this book is our contribution to the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act. Read more about this exciting account of Social Security and buy the book here...

Our mission is to fulfill the legacy of Frances Perkins, principal architect of the New Deal, by continuing her work for social justice and economic security and by preserving, for future generations, her nationally significant family homestead.

The Frances Perkins Center is located in downtown Damariscotta, Maine, and has an exhibit open for visitors.

Office & Exhibit: 170A Main St., Damariscotta, ME 04543
Mail: PO Box 281, Newcastle, ME 04553
Call us: 207-563-3374
Email us: info@FrancesPerkinsCenter.org

homesteadThe Perkins Homestead on the Damariscotta River in Coastal Maine held a very special place in Frances Perkins's heart. She viewed it as a place of contemplation and refuge. Still owned by the Perkins family, the Homestead is currently being considered for National Historic Landmark status.

Driving with FDR Calendar

See and/or purchase a 2014 Driving with FDR calendar that mentions Frances Perkins.

The Frances Perkins Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael P. Chaney, of Alna, Maine, to be our Executive Director, beginning April 1, 2014.

MichaelMichael brings exceptional skills and experience to the work of the Center as we enter our fifth year of operations. We are excited to welcome Michael to our organization. More detail can be found in our press release here...

Michelle L. Kew, a graduate student in American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine, recently researched the role of faith in Frances Perkins' life. Michelle's work has been compiled into a short pamphlet entitled, Frances Perkins: Private Faith, Public Policy. Copies of the pamphlet are now available at the Frances Perkins Center and for download here.

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