Frances Perkins Center
Frances Perkins Center



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康涅狄格Kensington10,954 条分享
I first discovered Frances' (Fannie) contribution to our society when researching a trip to the Hudson Valley that would include a visit to FDR's library and museum. Fannie served as Secretary of Labor under FDR from 1933 to 1945 during which she oversaw the development and execution of the New Deal. Those policies led to the creation of Social Security, 40-hour work week, overtime pay, unemployment insurance, workplace safety standards, and a ban on child labor. During her lifetime not only did she break several glass ceilings, she shattered them. The center's building has no direct relation to Fannie, but we were told that her family's nearby farm is being restored and will house the center beginning sometime next year.
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Alison S
马萨诸塞斯普林菲尔德996 条分享
Happened upon this one room museum while killing time before dinner. Also very lucky that someone was there to let us in, as access is by appointment only at the moment. The good news is that a larger site at the nearby Perkins Homestead is under renovation. Perkins was the first female US cabinet member, serving as Secretary of Labor. Under FDR she constructed the New Deal, including Social Security, the Fair Labor Standards Act and much more.
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Don Burr
康涅狄格诺沃克15 条分享
A few years back I wandered into the Frances Perkins Center and have enjoyed visiting each year after. He work was critical in the shaping of our common safe labor policy in the US; much of which (until my first visit) I never knew.
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Ashley C
马萨诸塞波士顿484 条分享
2019年8月 • 夫妻情侣
My husband and I stumbled on this small, free museum and luckily there was a tour of the Frances Perkins homestead that afternoon! The tours are only offered a few days each summer, so we were very lucky! Frances Perkins' grandson have the tour of the house, which has been in the family for over 200 years. We learned so much about her life and career. Definitely look up when the tours are!
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佛罗里达费尔南迪纳岛41 条分享
2018年8月 • 独自旅游
The Frances Perkins Center is not to be missed by anyone interested in American history. It is small but very well done - informative and provides interesting insights into what working conditions used to be like in this country and the determination of the first female Cabinet member (Labor Secretary under FDR) to improve them. Thank you for preserving the legacy of this little known but influential woman.
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法国巴黎45 条分享
2018年7月 • 夫妻情侣
The Frances Perkins Center, a tiny homage to the first woman Cabinet Secretary in the US, is discreetly located on Main Street in the sweet town of Damariscotta, near the home of Perkins' grandparents in New Castle where she summered as a child. I say discreetly because my husband and I, conversing with each other, walked right by it and into the next door neighbor, Sotheby's! The people there were most gracious and pointed us in the right direction.

Perkins studied physics at Mount Holyoke College before attending Columbia and then working in Chicago, including volunteering at Hull House where her dedication to social justice deepened. She obtained a doctorate at the Wharton School. As Secretary of Labor, she worked under Pres. Roosevelt to establish social security, the 40-hour work week, and many work programs that helped mitigate the Great Depression. She was an amazing woman! The building that houses the current Department of Labor is named in her honor.

The Center is comprised of one small room that is open to the public. Upon entering, we were immediately greeting by the knowledgeable intern who sits at the front desk. There was no time to adjust to the environment before he began his spiel, which was slightly disconcerting, but he was friendly and full of information. It's a shame that there isn't at least one other room, which would be merited by Perkins' contributions to our nation's development. The most compelling parts of the exhibit were the artifacts, as opposed to posters that held lots of text and some images.

The Center, already worth visiting, is hoping to acquire the family homestead in New Castle which would allow for more public outreach. I hope there are foundations and humanities groups that assist in funding this goal because it would be wonderful to have more attention paid to this important woman in American history.
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宾夕法尼亚Malvern721 条分享
2017年9月 • 好友
I have wanted to visit the Frances Perkins House for a few yeas but finally was able to do so yesterday. This place is just such a treasure! The house is only open to visitors three days a year and it is well worth planning your trip well in advance to make certain you don't miss this opportunity. At the present time the house is privately owned so you are actually touring the home of Perkins' grandson. Even if Frances Perkins had not been a notable American, this property would be worth a visit because it is a rare example of a place that has remained in one family since about the time of the American Revolution. And, oh my, Frances Perkins!!!! What a lady! All young people need to learn about her! She is essentially the architect of Roosevelt's New Deal. She was the first female cabinet member and served as FDR's Secretary of Labor for 12 years. She is responsible for Social Security, child labor laws, unemployment insurance and many other programs and pieces of legislation that we benefit from today. The tour is extremely well organized and informative. The guides at the house and on the walking tour are amazingly knowledgeable and excited to share what they know. What a wonderful day! I plan to return next year with my grand daughter.
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Monroe, NH60 条分享
2017年8月 • 夫妻情侣
OK, so I am embarrassed to admit that despite being a lifelong feminist, having marched in DC, done clinic defense, etc, etc, I had never heard of Frances Perkins. What a mistake! This is a one-room overview of this remarkable woman's life and accomplishments, and I'm surprised they could fit it all in one room. Went to college and grad school even though mom and dad wanted her to get married? Check! Kept her maiden name after getting married? Check! Became the family breadwinner after husband became bipolar? Check! Entered politics not long after women got the vote? Check! Dragged politicians to see the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire site? Check! (Oh, and later on, engineered the advent of social security and Medicare. Probably in her spare time.) GO - and bring your sons and daughters.
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orlando707 条分享
2016年8月 • 夫妻情侣
If you are interested in women's rights and history, then this little one room museum is for you. I learned so many things about this incredible woman. She was the first woman to serve as a Cabinet Secretary, and was the Secretary of Labor under FDR. She was such a progressive woman and such a visionary that what she shaped is still with us today! Perkins was the key founder of Social Security and the 40-hour work week. She also was a primary lead with Worker's Compensation and the minimum wage. So for a woman I'd never heard of, she has impacted all the lives of Americans. The museum is free and open Tuesday - Friday, from 10:00 am to 2:00pm. There is a volunteer to talk you through Perkins' life, if you don't care to read about her. I'm so glad her legacy lives on in this little museum in the little town! Thank you!
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Carol D
纽约州纽约市37 条分享
2015年7月 • 夫妻情侣
I came away with big new feeling about the life's work of Frances Perkins. Chris Cash is knowledgeable and so helpful in suggesting books about Frances Perkins' greatest contributions--i.e., Social Security and Unemployment Insurance. I am so glad I visited, and you will be also.
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