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New Exhibit and Book Spotlight Museum’s World War II Posters

by Herman Eberhardt, Supervisory Museum Curator When I arrived as the new museum curator at the Roosevelt Library in the summer of 2003 I set to work understanding the museum’s rich collection of over 34,000 objects. My review turned up … Continue reading

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Sons of the Commander in Chief: The Roosevelt Boys in World War II

By J. Tomney, FDR Presidential Library volunteer The sons and daughters of thousands of American families heeded the call to serve their country during World War II. The four sons of America’s First Family were counted among those that served … Continue reading

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A Veterans Day to Remember: 11/11/42

By Paul Sparrow, Director FDR Library   Every year on November 11th people all over the world honor and thank those who served their country. Today in the United States November 11th is known as Veterans Day, but until 1954 … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Fala, First Dog: The Case of the Dog Who Didn’t Bark on the Boat

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library Fala is without doubt the most endearing and adorable character in the drama that was the Roosevelt White House during World War Two. The little Scottish Terrier was given to President Roosevelt as … Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal

By Paul Sparrow, Director, FDR Library August 7th, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Marine landing on Guadalcanal. It was the start of one of the most important campaigns in World War II. There were smashing victories and bitter … Continue reading

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FDR’s Commitment to the Hudson Valley

by Paul M. Sparrow, director FDR Presidential Library and Museum On July 1st, the Trustees of the FDR Library and Museum will present the first Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Hudson Valley Vision Award to Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro for … Continue reading

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FDR’s Ship Models – Part 3: Other Interesting Models

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director Many of the ships in FDR’s collection are historically significant vessels. Others fall more into the unique and unusual category. Originally a United States Coast Guard patrol boat, the USS Potomac served as the presidential … Continue reading

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An Artist, a Mobster, and a Mother’s Day Gift

By William A. Harris, Deputy Director By most accounts, Sara Delano Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with, and by all accounts, she doted on her only child, indulged him even, but most certainly loved him dearly. She had … Continue reading

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FDR’s Ship Models – Part Two : 20th Century Naval Ships

By Paul M. Sparrow, director Franklin Roosevelt’s ship model collection is truly remarkable for its size and for the variety of models. During the latter part of his presidency he received many models of war ships. Having served as Assistant … Continue reading

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FDR’s Ship Models Part One: Sailing Ships

By Paul M. Sparrow, director Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an avid collector – of objects, people and most importantly ideas. He was a connoisseur of naval art, stamps, rare first edition books and of course ship models. While he was … Continue reading

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