WPA Open House Week, Danvers 1940

During the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) employed people in programs such as this one. As part of a public relations campaign, the WPA organized Open Houses during a program called “This Work Pays Your Community.” During this week, the program’s professional and service work could be viewed by the public.

Here, special attention is given to the Town Hall murals that were completed as part of the program. The materials also include Congressman Connery’s speech in Congress on behalf of the program and the program for the official “This Work Pays Your Community” celebration.

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“Open House Swampscott” (May 20-25, 1940). National Archives and Records Administration, Waltham, MA.