New Deal Legacy

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Originally aired April 3rd, 2008 on WVIA-TV

New Deal Legacy is a road trip through Central Pennsylvania, heading west through Bloomsburg, Danville, Northumberland, Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg, Lewisburg, Milton, Muncy, Williamsport, Renovo and Bellefonte. The show explores each town’s history from a somewhat unlikely starting point. 

In the 1930s, America struggled to find its way out of the Depression. It was the era of Roosevelt’s New Deal, and the Treasury Department’s Section of Fine Arts commissioned artists from all over the country to create works of art to celebrate the spirit of the American people. Murals and sculptures were created depicting the cultural and economic heritage of individual communities across the country. And each was prominently displayed in the building considered to be the federal presence of any town: the post office. 

Many of these works of art remain on display today, and New Deal Legacy explores the inspiration behind them and the histories they depict, as well as taking a look at the architectural styles of the post offices themselves. 

Below watch the entire New Deal Legacy film, via WVIA OnDemand

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