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A “New Deal”

—Bob Gajkowski

“First of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933

With these words, spoken at his inaugural, FDR began his “war...against the emergency” as though we were, in fact, invaded by a foreign foe. He came to the presidency as the Great Depression was reaching its zenith. First had come the 1929 “Black Tuesday” crash of the Stock Market, then, in rapid succession, banks failed, speculators lost their fortunes, the nation’s money supply diminished, companies went bankrupt, and their workers lost their jobs.

FDR’s predecessor Herbert Hoover had urged patience and self-reliance and told the Nation this crisis was only “a passing incident in our national lives,” but to the nearly one-fourth of America’s workforce that was out of work, faced with the skyrocketing cost of living, patience and self-reliance would not suffuse their anger.

During the Presidential campaign, and up to his landslide victory, FDR had proposed programs to lift the Nation out of its depression. He would “move swiftly to stabilize the economy and provide jobs for the unemployed.” In a series of projects and programs, which would be known collectively as “The New Deal,” the government would change its long-standing relationship with the American people.

On May 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Placitas Library, the Placitas History Project will host Kathy Flynn, Executive Director of the National New Deal Preservation Association. Ms. Flynn will speak on “FDR’s New Deal in New Mexico.” Through its alphabetic jumble of agencies and programs (WPA, CCC, TVA, etc.), she will connect the New Deal’s legacy to present day New Mexico and perhaps, touch on the present economic situation in which America finds itself now.

Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman, to speak at the Placitas Library

When beloved writer Tony Hillerman passed away in 2008, legions of fans were disconsolate over the end of his Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling mystery series. Set in Navajo Country, the novels feature police inspector Joe Leaphorn and sergeant Jim Chee. Hillerman was widely acknowledged as among the first novelists to seamlessly integrate the contemporary Native American experience into his work. Now, his daughter, Santa Fe author Anne Hillerman, has taken on the series.

Anne will speak on May 17, at 2:00 p.m., at the Placitas Library (452 Highway 165). Her free talk is illustrated with slides of the places she writes about—which her father loved—and quotes from the books. It will be followed by a book sale and signing. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the library.

For further information, call 867-3355.

Artist Charron McFadden at library

Placitas Community Library’s artist of the month Charron McFadden will be exhibiting a collection of colored pencil artwork through the month of May at the library during regular library hours. The exhibit includes iconic characters from the Plaza in Santa Fe. She invites the public to her reception on May 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Placitas Community Library.

Ballet celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday

On May 3 and 4 at the historic downtown KiMo Theatre, Ballet Repertory Theatre presents their production of Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare. Tickets ($17-$27) are on sale at, the KiMo Theatre Box Office, and For special assistance call 768-3522 or 311 locally. (Voice/Relay) NM 1-800-659-8331. All seats are reserved.

Historical Society presents talk on The Inquisition in New Mexico and abroad

On Sunday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m., the Archive Committee of the Sandoval County Historical Society will present “The Inquisition in New Mexico.” Martha Liebert, Francelle Alexander, Pat Weegar, and Joy Barclay will present this program that will include a brief history of the European inquisition, but will concentrate on the 1600s in New Mexico.

The official period of the Inquisition lasted from 1571 to 1820, with an unknown number of victims; one historian estimates that about fifty people were executed by the Mexican Inquisition, but in New Mexico, the Inquisition was largely defied.

The meeting will take place at the DeLavy House, Bernalillo. Directions: Exit 242 from I-25. Go west on Hwy 550 to the new I-Hop restaurant and the west entrance to the Phillips gas station, then north on the gravel road to the DeLavy House at 151 Edmond Road.

Admission is $5. Free for members.

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