Did you know Frances Perkins?

Or did a friend or someone in your family know her? Filmmaker Mick Caouette ("Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible") has begun production of a full-length PBS documentary on the life of Frances Perkins and seeks individuals who knew Frances Perkins and may have had personal contacts with her to interview. You may contact Mick directly at: southhillfilms@gmail.com or 612-206-1195.

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francesFirst 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.

homesteadThe Perkins family 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. With the advent of the Center, we are bringing her philosophy and the causes she fought for back to The Brick House, as it is known. The Center will provide a place for students, scholars, and policy makers to research and write about subjects related to and inspired by Perkins's dedication to improving the lives of working men and women.

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

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...

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Former Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman has become our new executive director.
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