The Frances Perkins Center was incorporated in 2009 to make the exemplary work and career of Frances Perkins both better known to the American people and to preserve her policy legacy, which focused on social justice and economic security. Housed in Damariscotta Maine, the non-partisan, non-profit Center honors the work of Perkins, who was the first woman to serve in a U.S. Cabinet and, under President Franklin Roosevelt, served as the architect of New Deal programs that are a bulwark of American society today - Social Security, the 40 hour work week, unemployment insurance, worker's compensation, and the minimum wage. The Center strives to inspire people to address current economic and social problems as Perkins would through work in the areas of education, outreach and advocacy.
Frances Perkins had deep roots in Maine. Her family homestead, which is located in Newcastle, Maine and dates back to the 1750's, was designated in 2014 as a National Historic Landmark. The Center is currently undertaking a Capital Fund Campaign that will raise money to purchase the Homestead. The Center also runs a small museum in downtown Damariscotta, which focuses on the life and achievements of Secretary Perkins.