Frances Perkins: First Female Cabinet Secretary

The public is cordially invited to attend a special lecture presentation: Frances Perkins – First Female Cabinet Secretary, co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and Elizabeth Taber Library. Perkins was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945 under FDR’s administration. During her 12 years in that post, she established a variety of new programs for American workers, battling against the Great Depression with New Deal reforms and programs she either proposed or supported. Among Frances Perkins’ major achievements during her tenure was establishing Social Security, an act which FDR considered the “cornerstone of his administration.”

To be held on May 24 at the Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm, the presentation will feature a lecture by David Prentiss, Adjunct Professor of Political Science for UMass-Dartmouth and President/CEO of the New Bedford Symphony. Prentiss received a B.A. in Philosophy at Assumption College, a J.D. from New England School of Law and the Thomas P. O’Neill Fellowship for graduate studies in political science at Boston College. A popular speaker, he has given talks on Abraham Lincoln and other presidential leadership topics at the New Bedford Civil War Roundtable, the Lincoln Study Group of Boston, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Prentiss is currently writing a book on presidential leadership and the nature of democratic politics.

The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street. Ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. The presentation will be offered free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. No reservations are necessary. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call the SHS at 508-748-1116.

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