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The New Deal Comes to Geneva

October Brown Bag Lunch Series on the New Deal programs in Geneva at the GHC on 3rd.

Join us at noon next Tuesday, Oct. 9 and find out about the impact of the New Deal relief and recovery programs on Geneva. These included the construction of an Island Park bridge, the Herrington Park renovation and Manuel Bromberg's mural at Geneva's newly-built post office.  These "Alphabet Agencies", created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, put millions of unemployed people to work during the Great Depression. This program will also focus on the effect the Great Depression had on the Geneva community.

Presented by the Geneva History Center, this program is part of the Brown Bag Lunch series.   It will take place on Tuesday, October 9, at noon at the GHC, 113 South Third Street, in the heart of Geneva's downtown historic district.

The Geneva History Center presents this program in conjunction with A Celebration of Rural America, a traveling exhibition of American Art during the late 1920s and 1930s including original prints by Regionalists, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and John Steuart Curry.  This exhibition will be at the Geneva History Center until October 31, 2012.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for GHC members and students, free to Herrington Circle Members.  Cookies and coffee are provided and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.   For more information, contact the Geneva History Center at 630-232-4951 or visit our website at www.genevahistorycenter.org to register online.

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Rich Walker October 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Great article. As time passes, people forget the community improvements made under the various New Deal programs.
Mike Garrity October 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I know the Children's Museum in Aurora (Sci-Tech) is housed in a beautiful Art-Deco building (formerly a post office) that was, built by the WPA. Terry, I know you're writing about Geneva, but do you know of any other major projects like that in the area?

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