Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission


New Exhibit Offers Unique View of FDR’s
‘New Deal’ Program in New Jersey

MAY 10, 2013 – The newest exhibit to open at the Middlesex County Museum explores how Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), part of his New Deal program, benefitted the Garden State and its workers.

The Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey exhibit is housed inside the County’s Historic Cornelius Low House Museum/Middlesex County Museum. The Museum is located at 1225 River Road in Piscataway.

This seven-room exhibit tells the story of the Great Depression and the federal programs put into place by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Administration to relieve people of their financial hardships and to get the nation’s economy back on track.

“I commend the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission for researching and sharing this treasure trove of American history,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I encourage residents to come to this exhibit and experience this important era in our history.”

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Middlesex County has a wealth of history and culture and it is our responsibility as elected officials to ensure that that history is not only made available to our residents but is celebrated and preserved.”  

Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey is offered without charge and will be open to the public  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays (except holidays). The exhibit will be on display through June of next year.  For more information please call the museum at 732-745-4177.

You may also use your smart phone to scan this QR code to see a collection of colorful and fascinating WPA posters:

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Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711 the New Jersey Relay System. The first floor of the Museum is accessible to people with disabilities; the second floor is available via narrated presentation on computer tablet.  An Assistive Listening System is available and will be in use at all times.  An American Sign Language interpreter can be provided without charge with a two-week advance request.  Wheelchairs are on site and may be borrowed by visitors during their stay or for those who may need assistance from the parking lot to the Museum. Call ahead and you will be met at your car.

Group tours and school groups are welcome. On-site workshops are led by the Museum Educator. To schedule a school tour please telephone 732-745-4489.  Ask about free bussing for Middlesex County Schools and community groups.

Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey is funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.