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Learning lessons from the past

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By Kirsten Laskey

New Mexico’s economy is in a weakened state. There’s been job cutting, hatches have been battened and belts have been made tighter. Although it may feel unexpected and surprising, a sour economy has visited the state before.

David Kammer, through the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, will discuss this historical period during his lecture, “New Mexico’s New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Perspective,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

Kammer’s talk will focus on three New Deal agencies that greatly affected the state.

These agencies were the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Their programs included irrigation projects along the Canadian River, constructing courthouses, libraries, schools and developing trail systems in National Forests.

“I would think the importance (of the New Deal) in New Mexico was highly significant,” Kammer said.

He explained New Mexico ranked fifth in the amount of New Deal money that came into the state on a per capita basis.

Plus, with the large amount of Federal land, it was natural that there would be a high number of CCC programs in the state, Kammer said.


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