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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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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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The Roosevelts and the House of Orange

By Paul Sparrow, Library Director The relationship between the Roosevelt family and the Dutch royal family, known as the House of Orange, is both charming and historically significant. New York and the Hudson River Valley were both originally settled by … Continue reading

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The Four Freedom Awards

Paul Sparrow, FDR Library Director On January 6, 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address. He had just been elected to an unprecedented third term in office, and he decided to use this speech to articulate … Continue reading

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The Roosevelts’ Art: Personal Stories

By Paul Sparrow, Director Art is the window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within. – Lady Bird Johnson “The Roosevelts’ Art: Personal … Continue reading

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FDR and the Supreme Court: A Lasting Legacy

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director The current debate about the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice during a presidential campaign is a political distraction because the constitution is clear on this. But the core issue about the importance of the … Continue reading

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The “Four Freedoms” speech remastered

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director There is only one speech in American history that inspired a multitude of books and films, the establishment of its own park, a series of paintings by a world famous artist, a prestigious international award … Continue reading

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