The Frances Perkins Center is scheduled to celebrate the life and work of Perkins with a virtual inaugural Homestead Day at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

The event will honor the inspiring role of the Perkins Family ancestral homestead, a National Historic Landmark located in Newcastle, in Perkins’ work for social justice and economic security, according to a news release from the center.

The event will feature three nationally-renowned individuals who are building on the legacy of Perkins by creating new foundations for the well-being of all Americans today: justice advocate the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who will receive the Center’s Steadfast Award; historic preservationist Monica Rhodes, who will receive the Open Door Award; and former U.S. head archivist David Ferriero, who will receive the Intelligence and Courage Award.

Justice Advocate the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Submitted photo

In presenting its Steadfast Award to Barber, the center honors his prophetic witness and spiritual leadership to inspire the nation to come together in community to swing the arc of history toward justice, as Perkins held steadfast to her principles in creating governmental policies for the betterment of all peoples.

Historic Preservationist Monica Rhodes Corban Swain photo

The Open Door Award recognizes Rhodes, who, like Perkins, responds to opportunities to advance social justice and economic equity for the betterment of society through her work leading efforts to expand the preservation field to younger, more diverse audiences and veterans, and by engaging volunteers in large-scale community projects to preserve and enhance national parks and historic places.

Former U.S. Head Archivist David Ferriero Submitted photo

The Frances Perkins Center acknowledges the dedication of Ferriero, the immediate former head and chief administrator of the National Archives and Records Administration, to public service with its Intelligence and Courage award, noting that he, like Perkins, presents a model of truthfulness and integrity.


Event sponsorships available at all gift levels help ensure Perkins’ story is known, her work is acknowledged, and her vision of a more just society continues to be pursued. The sponsorships will support the preservation of the Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark, transforming it into a public visitor site and education center due to open in 2023.

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