January 8, 2018 - 7:30 P.M. - Harrington Park Library
Eric Nelsen, Guest Speaker -
“From the Hard Winter: the Legacy of the New Deal in the New Jersey Palisades”
The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to welcome back good friend and historian Eric Nelsen as their guest lecturer on Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:30 P.M. at the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park. Mr. Nelsen’s lecture is entitled “From the Hard Winter: the Legacy of the New Deal in the New Jersey Palisades.”
The Civil Works Administration, or CWA, existed for exactly one season: winter. In the depths of the Great Depression, when unemployment rates stood as high as 25 percent, the CWA provided work for around four million men nationwide. The program expired after March 31, 1934 — it was to be a stopgap, not a permanent measure. A year later, the Roosevelt Administration created the more permanent Works Progress Administration, or WPA, which operated until 1943. Today, the WPA is far better remembered than its predecessor. Yet over that one season in the Palisades, the CWA left an impressive legacy.
CWA workers first reported to the park in December 1933. They came mostly from the towns just to the south, from Fort Lee or Cliffside or Fairview. On average, they were around five hundred men each day.
Mr. Nelsen’s presentation about these CWA workers and their efforts will be interspersed with photos of their work in the Park from Fort Lee to Alpine, most of it along the riverfront; including seawalls at Hazard’s Landing, additional fireplaces, and other general improvements.
The Society welcomes everyone to come, enjoy, and learn from their lectures which are free of charge. A reception will follow the presentation. For more information about the Society and its activities please call Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615 or follow the Society on its Facebook page, or at its web site, www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com.