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Times seeks New Deal workers and memories

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 12:44 pm in General.

We’re looking for workers who built roads, schools and canals or created paintings and statues for a federal jobs program during the 1930s and 1940s to share their experiences with us for a story about economic recovery in the New Deal.

If you worked or know living people who worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Public Works Administration (PWA), Works Progress Administration (WPA) or other New Deal programs in California, we want to hear what it was like and how it affected you.

E-mail Denis Cuff at dcuff@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 925-943-8267.

Many Bay Area public buildings, roads, artworks and parks were created by New Deal work projects, including the Caldecott Tunnel, the Berkeley Rose Garden, the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Alameda County courthouse in Oakland and the Contra Costa Canal.

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  • RR

    Math ain’t my best subject but if I was 18 in 1938, I’d be mighty old by now.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Well, if 70 is the new 60 and so on …. we have heard from some folks in their 90s who worked on New Projects. We’ve also heard from folks whose parents worked on New Deal projects and they remember the stories, which works, too. Anyway, it never hurts to ask.

  • MVP

    My Uncle helped dig the Contra Costa Canal in Antioch…I’m sending him this article to see if he’ll consent to being interviewed!

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Thanks, MVP.