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NHS Program: Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
The Northbridge Historical Society will meet  Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitinsville Social Library.
The program for the evening is
 
Madam Secretary, Frances Perkins,  written and performed by Ann Marie Shea of Worcester.
The one-hour, one-woman performance of Frances Perkins Wilson's career highlights is based on excerpts from The Roosevelt I Knew by Frances Perkins, used by permission of Curtis Brown Ltd, all rights reserved.
 
Perkins (1880-1965) was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, serving as Secretary of Labor for the Roosevelt administration from 1933 to 1945, where she executed many aspects of the New Deal, which include Social Security, unemployment insurance, forty hour work week, child labor laws, Civilian Conservation Corps & the Public Works Administration.
 
Her Massachusetts ties are numerous: she was born in Boston, spent most of her childhood in Worcester,
and graduated from Mt. Holyoke with degrees in chemistry and physics. The Greendale Branch of the Worcester Public Library is named in her honor, as is Frances Perkins Program at Mt. Holyoke, which allows older married women to complete their bachelor's degree.
 
Preceding the performance, a short business meeting, which will include the final arrangements for the Christmas party to be held at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury , will by led by President John W. Walker, Jr.

 

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