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WPA poster The WPA
Works Progress Administration
fountain image

The Great Depression

child sleeping

This child is sleeping in a cardboard box, on a wooden walkway, out in the open. The Great Depression  displaced millions of families and millions of children
The microphone in this image is one of the mics used by FDR for his “fireside chats” that informed the American people of the federal programs being created. FDR was a master of public discourse and tried to assure people that the nation would work through its troubles. Fountain Light Dispelling Darkness at Roosevelt Park , Edison , NJ . The artist was Waylande Gregory who lived in Middlesex County . He also created the iconic statue that was at the entry to the 1939 World’s Fair
CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps created work  for young men. Camps were established similar to military boot camps. One was located along Route One in Middlesex County . Here however, the men built parks, playgrounds, and  pathways. The image to the right is Ringwood Park  built by the CCC.

New Brunswick street in the Depression
civic poster occupations zoo
These are 3 WPA posters - thousands of posters were designed and printed, putting artists to work and promoted places, travel, work, ethics. They were colorful and varied. Today they are highly collectible.

HABS was the Historic American Buildings Survey
that hired architects and engineers to document historic sites through photos and drawings
gov house

Museum Hours:

8:30 to 4:00pm   Monday-Friday

1:00 to 4:00pm   each  Sunday.

Always FREE of Charge

School groups, senior centers and other groups must schedule their visits  in advance by calling 732.745.4489

or click on the email link on this page and we will contact you.

Every visitor will receive a memento of the WPA Writers’Project

Funded in part by the NJ Historical Commission Dept of State . Thank you to lenders, guest curators and the Library of Congress, National Archives, US Army Photographs and many others who made this exhibit possible. A complete list of partners, funders, lending institutions and guest curators is prominently displayed  in the entry to the exhibit.


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The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is funded in part by the
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State

Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission 703 Jersey Ave  New Brunswick, NJ 08901-3605
(732) 745 4489       FAX (732) 745 4524      Email   
culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us      TTY users only call (732) 745 3888