Frances Perkins Center hosting premiere of documentary and traveling exhibit

Posted:  Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:45am

On Wednesday, April 10, the Frances Perkins Center welcomes the public to attend a premiere showing of the recently completed documentary, “Highlights of the Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins.” The event will take place at Lithgow Library, 45 Winthrop St. Augusta, Maine at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in a U.S. Cabinet, a key advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and a lifelong advocate for social justice and economic security. She is responsible for initiating groundbreaking New Deal programs such as Social Security, the 40-hour work week, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, and the minimum wage. Perkins had deep roots in Maine. Our mission is to share her history with patrons of a wide variety of institutions around the state and nation-wide.

In addition to the 30-minute documentary the Center’s new six panel traveling exhibit will be on display.

The event, taking place on the anniversary of Frances Perkins’ birthday, will acknowledge those who created the program and the funders who made the educational opportunity possible: Maine Humanities Council, Maine Community Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, Historic New England, and Katharine J. Watson.

If you would like to attend please RSVP on our website under upcoming events, by email or by calling 207-563-3374.

Due to our generous foundation and private support, we are able to share our documentary and traveling exhibit, at no fee, with the goal of providing students of all ages a chance to learn about this remarkable woman. If your school or organization is interested, please contact the Center at or by calling 207-563-3374.