Message #272 Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 22:19:33 Subject: National Association for New Deal Preservation [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Sarah Ann Bowler firstname.lastname@example.org Office of the Secretary of State December 14, 1998 Contact Person: Kathy Flynn (505) 827-3600, (505)473-3985 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEW DEAL PRESERVATION FORMED "The legacy of the New Deal era of the 1930's is a valuable American repository that exists nationwide," Kathy Flynn, the Executive Director of the National Association for New Deal Preservation said following the formation of this organization, Friday, December 4 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sam Larcombe noted it was quite a symbolic move since it was made on the 56th anniversary date of President Roosevelt's closing all New Deal programs in 1942. National and state representatives of art, education, preservation, historic foundations and conservation groups like the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) gathered under the auspices of the New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State Stephanie Gonzales and Dr. Edson Way, Director of the Cultural Affairs joined in welcoming the group who were interested in raising the nation's conciousness for these valuable New Deal treasures and the people who worked hard to create them. Sam Larcombe, President of the new association said, "our purpose is to form a link between the activities of the various New Deal work projects done between 1933-42 of the Roosevelt era and the present." "Our agreed upon mission is 'to identify, preserve, document and educate people about the New Deal visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects." It is expected that within the country there are universities, historic and preservation groups which will be served by and through the umbrella of this new organization. Dr. Duane Chartier of ConservArt Associates, Inc. in California and New Mexico and vice president of NANDP believes the objective is not only to "preserve the works of arts and crafts, buildings and environments" but to provide a better understanding of the people of that depression era. Lynda Grasty, Albuquerque art curator, has worked with Kathy Flynn for recent years on the New Mexico New Deal Public Art Restoration Task Force and will serve as secretary of the new group. Dr. Connie Sieffer from the Highland Park High School in Chicago will be a great contributor as the treasurer of this organization that she is strongly in favor of and brings much knowledge about the New Deal creations in the midwest. Regional representative of the Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni association, Roy Lemons of Belen was joined by Charles Singletary in representing that large group of men (and one woman) who served this country in both conservation corps projects and later in its military defense. The new board members of this group are from Illinois, Ohio, California and New Mexico and national advisors will also be invited to join in guiding the group's activities. One of the first activities will be to make a presentation at the annual National Trust for Historic Preservation conference in Washington, D.C. in October 1999. All individuals and groups interested in affiliating with the National Association for New Deal Preservation can do so by contacting Kathy Flynn at P.O. box 602, Santa Fe, NM 87504 or email her at email@example.com. A new website will soon be accessible as www.newdeallegacy.org.