“To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future . . . a Nation must above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Library Dedication, June 30, 1941
Welcome to Forward With Roosevelt, the blog of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum! Join us as we explore what’s happening at the nation’s first presidential library – from news about programs and events to historical facts and highlights from our extensive archival and museum collections.
Curious about the object in our logo? This papier-mache depiction of FDR as the Great Sphinx of Giza was created as a humorous commentary on the President’s prolonged refusal to say whether he would run for a third term in 1940. It was the centerpiece for a satirical skit at the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club (the organization of White House correspondents) on December 9, 1939, which FDR as the guest of honor. FDR was so delighted with the sculpture he had it shipped to the Roosevelt Library, where it was put on display in 1941, and is now back on display in our museum exhibit.
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