by Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library. 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 his work championing the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Campaign. The award seeks to recognize those working to improve the future of … Continue reading FDR’s Commitment to the Hudson Valley
By Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library. June 30th, 1941 dawned a magnificent summer day in Hyde Park. A ferocious thunderstorm the day before had broken a torrid heat wave and left the air clear and fresh. The roses were in full bloom and FDR’s beloved birds sang in the treetops. A large crowd gathered … Continue reading An Act of Faith -The 75th Anniversary of the FDR Library and Museum
By Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library. On November 19, 1939, the cornerstone for the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum was laid in a very public ceremony. In front of an audience of nearly 1,000 people Roosevelt spoke about his personal connection to the land on which the library was built. He described his vision … Continue reading A Cornerstone of our Democracy
It is one of his finest broadcasts, a passionate sermon on the importance of democracy and the threat that dictatorships pose to all free people.
On Saturday, April 25, museum visitors will be able to experience a brand new special exhibit at the Roosevelt Library. The exhibit, titled The Spirit of the Gift: Gifts of State and Affection, features nearly 100 impressive and unusual presidential gifts given to FDR. The exhibit’s title is taken from President Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address, in … Continue reading New Special Exhibit Opening at the Roosevelt Library
One of the best things that can happen at the Roosevelt Library is when a member of the public makes a personal connection with one of the artifacts or documents on display in our Museum. Such an encounter occurred just this week— and, by chance, it relates directly to the 70th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s … Continue reading Remembering FDR
On January 30, the Roosevelt Library unveiled its latest initiative to harness new media technologies to reach new audiences-- an online, interactive Virtual Tour of the Museum’s 12,000 square foot permanent exhibition. The Virtual Tour lets visitors from all over the world experience the Museum and access additional educational materials. Funded by a generous grant … Continue reading New Museum Virtual Tour!
By Herman Eberhardt, Supervisory Museum Curator The Roosevelt Library’s new 12,000 square foot $6 million permanent exhibition, which opened to the public in June 2013, features a variety of audiovisual experiences, including an array of interactive touchscreen programs. They help us tell the vital story of the Roosevelt era to new generations of Americans in … Continue reading Using New Media To Expand Access to the Museum
Did you know that the land in front of the FDR Library is active farm land? President Roosevelt used the large hayfield between the Library and Route 9 (the road at the edge of the property) for farming, and he often expressed the hope that the practice would continue after his death. We continue to … Continue reading Farming at the FDR Library
This year is a year of anniversaries for the Roosevelt Library. The recent rededication of the Library building itself on June 30, 2013 marked the 72nd anniversary of the dedication of America's first presidential library -- a milestone in an ongoing effort most people refer to as "open government" today. President Roosevelt left some 17 … Continue reading A Special Kind of Program: The Roosevelt Reading Festival