During the Depression and the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the federal government’s Works Progress Administration employed painters and artisans throughout the United States. These artists created murals to be displayed in all three Delaware counties.
Five such murals were created and placed at the old Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. With the creation of the new high school near Stockley, the murals were given to the Georgetown Historical Society. Presently the three smaller ones are on display in the Georgetown Room of the Lynch Building on the grounds of the Marvel Carriage Museum. The two larger ones are in storage for future presentation in the proposed new Carriage House.
Dr. Joan Short of Wilmington will give an illustrated talk at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, on Delaware’s WPA murals. She will comment on their presentation and display, and inform attendees of restoration efforts of the artwork that have occurred in New Castle and Kent counties.
The Georgetown Historical Society has all five Georgetown murals, which depict agricultural and Native American themes. The public is invited attend at the Marvel Museum, 510 South Bedford St., Georgetown. There is no charge to attend; parking is abundant, and refreshments will be served following the talk. Anyone desiring to see the murals may do so by contacting the historical society at 302-855-9660.