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To do our part during this period of social distancing, we will be assembling a weekly digest of online programs, resources, and diversions.

In 2021, At Home with the Roosevelts will begin a new schedule of every other week.

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Upcoming Programs

Why the New Deal Matters 
Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 2pm ET
Join us for the Roosevelt Reading Festival 2021 Author Talk with Eric Rauchway.






Live Conversation 
Friday, Sep 17, 2021, 6pm ET
Join us live on YouTube and Facebook, for a Constitution Day conversation on "FDR and the Supreme Court" with Library Director Paul Sparrow, Ralph Blumenthal (Baruch College), and John Q. Barrett (St. John's University School of Law). Q&A in the comments to follow the discussion.
YouTube Premiere»
Facebook Live»

Constitution Week 
Teachers and caregivers: register your elementary students for a special presentation of the new We Rule: Civics for All of US programs on the Constitution, The Constitution Rules for grades K–2 and The Constitution and Our Community for grades 3–5!

The Constitution Rules! for Grades K–2»
Sep 15-17, 2021, 10am ET
Sep 22-24, 2021 2pm ET


The Constitution and Our Community for Grades 3–5»
Sep 15-17, 2021, 2pm ET
Sep 22-24, 2021, 10am ET

Learn more»

Examining American Responses to the Holocaust: Digital Possibilities, Oct 12-15, 2021 Register»

The FDR Library is holding an international public-facing conference October 12-15, 2021 that will examine the current state of Holocaust scholarship and the contemporary relevance of the US government’s response to the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on how the field of digital humanities and the increasing need for and access to digital research is changing the way Holocaust research is conducted and disseminated. Free to register.
Full agenda and more details»

Program Archives

Conversations - FDR and Ike: Great Leaders, Great Legacies 
From June 2020: 
A conversation between FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow and Eisenhower Library Director Dawn Hammett on the relationship between these two leaders.
Available online»

More from the Program Archives
The New Deal: Social Security and Labor Relations»
Julie Fenster and FDR's Shadow» 
Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence»
FDR's Gatekeeper Missy LeHand» 
The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm»
Stephen Drury Smith on Eleanor Roosevelt's Radio Broadcast Career» 
Mordecai Lee on World War II Propaganda» 
Charissa Threat on Nursing and Civil Rights» 
Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II»
Anthony Badger and FDR's First 100 Days»
The New Deal and FDR's Alphabet Soup»
Creating Jobs and Hope in the Great Depression»
FDR a Man of Destiny»
Historian Mary Jo Binker on Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice column (Oct 2018)»
Historians Michael Beschloss and Susan Dunn on FDR and presidential leadership (Jun 2019)»

Resources For Parents and Teachers

Our education specialist has assembled 21 smart, fun activities for youth at home, that occupy young hands and minds while requiring minimal adult supervision.

View all 21 activities»

Previous Guides
Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Life in Pictures» 
A Majority of Minorities: ER Supports JFK in the 1960 Presidential Election» 
Eleanor Roosevelt on Human Rights»
Eleanor Roosevelt's Human Rights Speech»
Four Freedoms Speech Teaching Guide»
The Presidency and the Supreme Court Teaching Guide»
Inaugural Address Curriculum Hub»
Red Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen»
Eleanor Roosevelt – Inspiring Women to Lead»
Investigating the Holocaust Teacher Guide»
Civics Teacher Guide 2020»
All FDR Teaching Guides»

Other Resources
FRANKLIN digital archives and virtual research room»
The Periodic Table of the New Deal»
Helpful Hints for Students Doing Research»
Understanding Document Based Research»

Features Stories of the Week

A poster showing an illustration by Newell Convers Wyeth, a famous American muralist and illustrator, and the father of Andrew Wyeth.
Available online»






Today is School Picture Day 
To celebrate this remarkable, national event, here is a portrait of the future President from his Groton days in 1900. And as a reminder, you can find a treasure trove of historic images from Franklin and Eleanor's lives in our Franklin Digital Collections»





National Felt Hat Day 
No less significant, we will be celebrating National Felt Hat Day on Sep 15, a particular favorite at the Library because of this special artifact: FDR's "Lucky" Campaign Hat. The President, who could be superstitious, wore this hat for all four Presidential campaigns, and it's hard to argue with results.
Available online»

Previous Features
Keep on Trucking: Esoterica from the FDR Library Files» 
The Federal Writers’ Project»
Rare Footage: FDR Addresses the National Institute of Health 
Teenagers and their selfies» 
The Good Luck Charm: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the 1920 Democratic National Convention» 
Hidden Treasures: FDR’s Rare Bird Books» 
The Art of War: American Poster Art 1941-1945» 
New Deal Art»
Unpretentious History: Alma Van Curan and the FDR Library Logbooks»
Pomp and Circumstance: The Other State Visit of 1939»
May 1940: President Roosevelt and the German Invasion of the Low Countries»
New Online Museum Portal Beta Preview» 
More than a Moment for the Nation: The Presidential Funeral of FDR»
The 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Death: His True Legacy – Leadership in Times of Crisis»
Travel with FDR and Eleanor»
“FDR and the Dust Bowl” Short Film Narrated by CBS News’ Bill Whitaker»
Important Facts about FDR’s Dog Fala»
Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt»
Eleanor's Resignation from the Daughters of the American Revolution»
FDR’s Labor Secretary Was the First Female Cabinet Member»