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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.

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Upcoming Programs

Baskets, Blankets, and Diplomacy» 
Wednesday, August 12, 2pm Facebook Premiere
Learn how the Roosevelts found comfort and relief from the suffering and uncertainty of the Great Depression and World War II through the simple act of picnicking with family, friends, and royalty. A Facebook Live presentation with Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin with live Q&A to follow.
Available online»

Program Archives

A Secret Gift by Ted Gup» 
From December 2010:
Ted Gup's grandfather Sam Stone, under a pseudonym, placed an ad in the Canton newspaper in 1933 asking people to describe their circumstances at the height of the Great Depression. He would send $5 checks to 150 of them. Gup talks about his trip to find out who those recipients were. (Video, 53:05) Broadcast by CSPAN.
Available online»

More from the Program Archives
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.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words» 
FDR’s parents were very supportive of his hobbies, so when he expressed an interest in photography, they purchased a state-of-the-art camera for him. Today, most of us have cameras tucked right in our pockets on our phones. What kind of pictures or video do you like to take?
Available online»

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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

#MuseumAlphabet Artifact» 
H is for Hobbyhorse. FDR’s Delano grandparents gave him this hobbyhorse, made by P. J. Marqua & Co., when he was four years old while his parents were traveling in Mexico. He named it Mexico. Decades later, Roosevelt’s children enjoyed playing with it.
See the virtual exhibit»

You're Invited to Our Twitter Hashtag Party» 
Join us this Friday on Twitter for #ArchivesGetsTheVote! We will be sharing photos and artifacts from our collections related to voting
Available online»


The 19th Ammendment, 1920-2020» 
The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, but that was not the end of the story for women and their struggle for the right to vote. Join the National Archives, Library of Congress and Smithsonian as we commemorate the centennial year with 12 stories from our holdings.
Available online»

Short Films from the Archives» 
America's Call to Arms is an historic newsreel from Castle Films that takes a look at the mobilization of the United States as it entered World War II. Excellent footage of factories working at capacity and soldiers in training. (Video 8:15 minutes)
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»