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It's California’s public landscape of the New Deal — schools, hospitals, parks, roads, sewers, airports, amphitheaters, bridges, golf courses, aqueducts, power stations, city halls, art works, and more — constructed by a half dozen federal agencies. They were created by President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to lift the country out of the Depression. We have been enjoying and prospering from this legacy ever since.

California’s Living New Deal Project is a collaborative venture documenting and interpreting the impact of New Deal programs on the State. We invite you to join the California Historical Society, the California Studies Center, and U.C. Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library in identifying and discussing these indispensable public buildings and sites. Through this rediscovery, we will explore the history of the New Deal and consider timeless questions of civics in a living democracy. Learn more »