Tag Archives: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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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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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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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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 President on Broadway: FDR, George M. Cohan, and “I’d Rather Be Right”

by William A. Harris, FDR Library Deputy Director Lambasting the President through low comedy or high satire shocks no one these days, especially during an election year. With the exception of editorial cartoons, before the 1960s, that wasn’t always the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Franklin Roosevelt

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director Birthdays are always a good time to take stock and look back. On this, the 134th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s birth, it is important to remember what made him so special. He was born at … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

Paul Sparrow, Director, FDR Library Franklin Roosevelt loved winter in Hyde Park. The rolling hills and woods of the family estate at Springwood provided a wonderland of fun and adventure. One of the large bobsleds Franklin loved to ride as … Continue reading

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The True Story Behind the Most Important Speech of the 20th Century

By Paul Sparrow, Director FDR Library One day before the 74th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s historic address to Congress in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it is important to examine the true meaning of the speech, and … Continue reading

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The Most Important Presidential Election in History

By Paul Sparrow, Director, FDR Library There is always a lively debate when people discuss “the most important” presidential elections in American history. Abraham Lincoln’s victory in 1860 and his leadership during the Civil War, the peaceful transfer of power … Continue reading

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