NEWCASTLE — Following a decade of planning and fundraising, the Frances Perkins Center successfully purchased the Frances Perkins Homestead on Friday, Jan. 3, to preserve this National Historic Landmark as an educational resource for Maine and the nation.

This achievement was made possible by the many donors and friends who seek to honor the principles and legacy of Frances Perkins, United States Secretary of Labor 1933-45 and the woman behind the New Deal, according to a news release from the center.

The Frances Perkins Homestead purchase by the Frances Perkins Center is finalized. From left are Frances Perkins grandson Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, attorney David Soule, and Frances Perkins Center board chairwoman Sarah Peskin.  Photo courtesy of Frances Perkins Center

Plans are already underway to prepare the site’s historic structures and 57-acre cultural landscape for future program and public use. Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust will continue to monitor its conservation easement on the property and will work in partnership with the Center to explore safe and appropriate access to this remarkable Damariscotta River property.

Center’s Board Chairwoman Sarah Peskin said, “As permanent stewards of the Frances Perkins Homestead, the Frances Perkins Center can now work toward the creation of a place-based education center where we can advance the principles of Frances Perkins, inspire learning among students, scholars, and people of all ages, and continue to engage civic leaders in nonpartisan dialogue through programs of learning and civil discourse to address current and future economic and social issues. We look forward to working with Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust in managing this culturally significant property,” according to the release.

To learn more about how to help the Frances Perkins Center complete its capital campaign to further preserve and protect this National Historic Landmark, contact Laura Chaney, development director, at 563-3374 or [email protected].

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