The Blog of the Frances Perkins Center

The mystery of the Frances Perkins desk

In Biography, Events on March 31, 2009 at 7:55 am
Frances Perkins's desk at the Woman's National Democratic Club.

Frances Perkins's desk at the Woman's National Democratic Club.

The Woman’s National Democratic Club, where we’re holding our Launch Party for the Frances Perkins Center on April 21st (see “Join us April 21st in Washington, DC“), has a desk that once belonged to Secretary Perkins, but they don’t know the provenance. In addition, a member of the club mistakenly had the desk “refinished” at some point in the past. (As someone said, that person obviously hadn’t watched “Antiques Roadshow”!)

However, I had the opportunity to see the original official portrait of Secretary Perkins, which is currently hung in Secretary Solis’s outer office. I think the desk in the portrait looks a lot like the desk at the WNDC. Take a look at this rather dark photo of the portrait. What do you think? Same desk?

Official portrait of Frances Perkins

Official portrait of Frances Perkins

Come view the desk at our party on April 21st and see for yourself!

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