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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 “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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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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Marguerite “Missy” LeHand: FDR’s Right Hand Woman

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director Throughout his life, Franklin Roosevelt was surrounded by remarkable women. His mother Sara Delano, his wife Eleanor, his Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins the first woman to be appointed to the cabinet, and his distant … Continue reading

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A First Lady on the Front Lines

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Tour of the South Pacific – August & September 1943 By Paul M. Sparrow, Director The summer of 1943 was a critical time for the Allies. The tide was just starting to turn as the Allied forces marked … Continue reading

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Summertime, and the Livin’ is easy…

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director with Reagan Brown, intern 80 years ago, on July 29th 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Campobello Island for the next to last time. It was a short visit, just two days, and it was only … Continue reading

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Pokemon Go has come to the FDR Presidential Library and that’s a good thing.

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is swarming with Pokemon Go characters. Visitors are wandering around staring at their phones, and catching them left and right. I’ve caught four and I never played the … Continue reading

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