DAMARISCOTTA — The Frances Perkins Center has received a $4,276 grant from the Lincoln County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to launch the Frances Perkins Traveling Exhibit.

“Frances Perkins is one of America’s greatest heroes,” said Michael Chaney, executive director of the Perkins Center, according to a news release from the center. “This grant will help us teach school-age children about Perkins’ legacy of social justice and economic security for all.”

The exhibit will include five pull-up panels interpreting Perkins’ life and legacy, as well as a video featuring work from prominent scholars. The curriculum targets middle and high school students.

Perkins, who was the first woman to serve in a U.S. Cabinet, had deep roots in Maine. During her time as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s secretary of Labor, she regularly returned to her family estate in Newcastle, the place she called her one true home.

Founded in 2008, the Frances Perkins Center preserves and continues Perkins’ legacy. The center works with historians, biographers and other scholars to educate the public about Perkins’ life and achievements. It also brings together leaders of today and tomorrow to examine modern public policy questions through the lens of Perkin’s own experiences and values.

Educators interested in the Frances Perkins Traveling Exhibit visit their school or program should contact the center by calling 563-3374 or emailing [email protected]. For more information, visit mainecf.org.

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