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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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FDR’s “The Federalist” – A closer look at a priceless book

By Paul M. Sparrow, director They don’t look very impressive, but they are two of the most remarkable books in Franklin Roosevelt’s personal library. This first edition, two volume set of The Federalist printed in 1788 by J. and A. … Continue reading

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Images of Internment

By Paul M. Sparrow, director Throughout American history our presidents have struggled to find the right balance between the highest ideals of our founding charters and the cold realities of national security. This is especially true in times of war. … Continue reading

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FDR’s Four Historic Inaugurations

By Paul M. Sparrow, director Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person who will ever have FOUR presidential inaugurations (thanks to the 22nd Amendment.) And each and every one of his inaugurations was … Continue reading

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The Casablanca Conference – Unconditional Surrender

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director In January, 1943, President Roosevelt embarked on a secret mission that would determine the course of World War Two, and ultimately the world we live in today. His destination – Casablanca, Morocco. His goal – … Continue reading

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Day of Infamy

By Paul M. Sparrow, FDR Library Director It was the worst day of his presidency, the worst day of his life – and the worst military defeat in American history. President Franklin Roosevelt’s beloved Navy lay in smoking ruins in … Continue reading

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Socialite, and Spy Master: Vincent Astor, FDR’s Area Controller of Intelligence for New York

By William Villano, Astor Project Digital Curator Shortly after 10:00 am on Tuesday morning May 27, 1941 the tall, thin, well dressed gentleman approached Hudson Terminal. His fine tailored suit, immaculately polished shoes, and priceless pocket-watch, that relic which had … Continue reading

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