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Jim “Zak” Szakmary discusses WPA-Era Artwork on Long Island at Suffolk Historical Museum
August 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$5
BOOK & BOTTLE with Jim “Zak” Szakmary
Long Island’s New Deal Legacy:
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 6:00 PM
Members Free; Non-Members $5
Includes local wine & cheese
plus admission to current exhibits!
RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100
This fascinating illustrated presentation will take you on a tour of local WPA-inspired art on Long Island. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitiousAmerican New Deal agency, offering millions of unemployed men and women jobs during the Great Depression era. Public buildings, roads, and bridges were built, but also artists were employed to create murals, easel paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theater scenic design, and arts and crafts. Learn about the now historic artwork created by WPA artists working on Long Island in the 1930s and where on the island you can still find these pieces of our history today.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jim “Zak” Szakmary lectures on local history topics at libraries, schools, and historical societies. A retired air-traffic controller, Zak is a docent at the William Floyd Estate, a volunteer at the Suffolk County Historical Society, and a past president of the Narrow Bay Historical Society. He earned his bachelor’s in history from Stony Book University and his graduate certificate in Public History from Empire State College.