Happy Days Are Here Again: 90th Anniversary of the New Deal

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Celebrate the 90th anniversary of FDR’s New Deal at the magnificent 1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA)-built San Francisco Maritime Museum!

This event is being held in partnership by the Living New Deal, San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

San Francisco’s Maritime Museum was hailed as a “Palace for the People” during its construction by WPA workers. The Museum’s captivating late art deco style architecture, serpentine sculptural features, and gorgeous aquatic murals, showcase the policies and programs that shaped the nation’s recovery during the Great Depression. In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the New Deal, the Museum will be hosting public and private tours, as well as an evening reception with guest speakers.

Public Tours:

During tours given by the National Park Service, our guests will learn about the visionary WPA-era artworks and the New Deal’s lasting legacy, which continues to influence social and economic policies to this day.

FREE Public Tours (maximum 30 people per tour) with advanced reservations will be held at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, and 2PM. Reserve your FREE tickets now!

Evening Reception:

$90 – Evening Reception Tickets, 4:00-8:00 PM (doors and check-in will begin at 4PM), include a champagne reception featuring live music and dancing by the Decobelles, refreshments, and remarks by Dr. Gray Brechin, founder of the Living New Deal; The Honorable Charles Breyer senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; historian and author Dr. Heather Cox Richardson; author, journalist, and historian Gary Kamiya; San Francisco National Historical Park Superintendent, Paul DePrey; President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Aaron Peskin; and special guests.

We hope to see you on Saturday, November 11 for a day of education, entertainment, and celebration!

Period costumes and art deco style dress are encouraged, but optional.

Master of Ceremonies: The Honorable Charles Breyer senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Dr. Heather Cox Richardson

Dr. Richardson is an author, educator, and historian with a focus on U.S. history. Between 2017 and 2018, she co-hosted the NPR podcast Freak Out and Carry On. She writes a nightly newsletter, Letters from an American, that chronicles current events in the larger context of American history. Her latest book, Democracy Awakening, Notes on the State of America, will be released on September 26, 2023. She was nominated as one of USA Today’s Women of the Year in 2022.

Award-winning Author, Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya is an award-winning author and columnist. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones, and many other publications. He writes the history column, “Portals of the Past,” which runs every other Saturday in the San Francisco Examiner. He has also been awarded the Presidio Historical Association Award and the Ron Ross Founder’s Award by the San Francisco History Association.