What Is the WPA

What is the WPA?

This is a great national crusade to destroy
enforced idleness which is an enemy of the human
spirit generated by this Depression.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 28, 1935 “Fireside Chat”

President Roosevelt calls the WPA “the most comprehensive work plan in the history of the nation.”
It creates jobs on a huge scale, employing a total of eight and a half million people.
The WPA spends $10.5 billion, completing well over one million projects from 1935-1943.

In Lawrence today, as many community members struggle to find jobs, we are surrounded by the historic accomplishments of WPA workers.


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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.