An Exceptional Day

by Lynn Bassanese Most days at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum are really good; some could even be classified as great. But every once in a while a day becomes exceptional. Last Thursday, July 11th was one of those exceptional days. We were hosting 120 school counselors and college and university professionals … Continue reading An Exceptional Day

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Rededication – June 30, 2013

by Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Library I think FDR would have been pleased with the way we rededicated his Library this past week.  It was a gathering of friends and neighbors; short speeches spoken from the heart; and a masterful storyteller, Geoffrey Ward, delighting the crowd with the story of how President Roosevelt … Continue reading Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Rededication – June 30, 2013

FDR Library Rededication

"It seems to me that the dedication of a library is in itself an act of faith." Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, June 30, 1941 On Sunday June 30th, the FDR Library was rededicated after the completion of a three year renovation of the library building. The rededication weekend included the unveiling of new museum … Continue reading FDR Library Rededication

FDR Presidential Library Rededication – The Role of the Historians Committee

by David B. Woolner, Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian, The Roosevelt Institute In the summer of 2000, a group of historians gathered at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to examine the question of how the permanent exhibit at the FDR Library might be reconfigured for a new generation. The group, … Continue reading FDR Presidential Library Rededication – The Role of the Historians Committee

Confront the Issue Interactives

Controversial issues are part of every presidency.  As a four term president Franklin D. Roosevelt had his share and as our exhibit design team and historians committee planned our new permanent museum exhibits we talked at great length about how to deal with them.  Our decision was to address these issues head on.  “Confront the … Continue reading Confront the Issue Interactives

Clinton on Roosevelt

by Lynn Bassanese, FDR Library Director  Putting together a brand new 12,000 square foot museum exhibit has been quite an adventure.  There are countless components that go into the design and fabrication of an exhibit.  Currently, we are working with a design company, an interactive contractor, a fabrication company and an audiovisual production company. One … Continue reading Clinton on Roosevelt

FDR Library Renovation

A Bold and Persistent Staff by Lynn Bassanese, Director, FDR Library The renovation project that began at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in 2010 is the first renovation of the Library building since it opened to the public on June 30, 1941.  It is also the first complete renovation of any presidential … Continue reading FDR Library Renovation

From the Museum

Aquamarine Stone (MO 1947.115.1) Several weeks after winning his second presidential election, FDR boarded the cruiser USS Indianapolis for a month long “Good Neighbor” cruise to South America. On November 27, 1936, the President stopped at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he met with Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas. During this visit, President and Mrs. Vargas … Continue reading From the Museum