Legacies of the New Deal in the Upper Midwest: A Symposium


The Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission invites proposals for an interdisciplinary symposium on the architectural and public history legacy of the New Deal (1933-1941), to be held at the Historic Potter Auditorium of the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  The symposium will include paper sessions, panel discussions, exhibits, and workshops.  The 900-seat Potter Auditorium was built in 1936 under the auspices of the U.S. Public Works Administration.  The auditorium, along with the adjoining former Chatfield High School (built in 1916), is being rehabilitated for adaptive use as the Chatfield Center for the Arts, a $7 million project being sponsored by the City of Chatfield (pop. 2800).

Presentations dealing with any aspect of the federal relief construction programs sponsored by the Public Works Administration and the Works Projects Administration are encouraged.  Research is especially sought in relation to PWA and WPA buildings, structures, and landscapes in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.  Case studies of preservation projects and reports of public history research are welcomed. Presentations will be 45-90 minutes in length and will provide a forum for discussion of a wide range of topics; ample time should be allowed for audience participation and exchange.  The symposium will also provide opportunities for exhibits and posters. Submissions from students are encouraged.

Presenters are expected to register for the symposium.  Written papers are not required but abstracts are requested.  All travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the presenters.

Please direct proposals and queries to:

Robert C. Vogel
Preservation Planner
City of Chatfield
(507) 498-3810
(800) 206-8704 toll free


Comments Closed