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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 | Program Archives | Teacher Resources | Features Stories


Upcoming Programs

FDR's Four Inaugurals 
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2pm Facebook Premiere
January 20th is Inauguration Day –  and we'll mark the occasion by taking a look back at FDR's unprecedented four presidential inaugurals. Join Supervisory Curator Herman Eberhardt as we explore historic artifacts, documents, photographs, and film from the inaugural ceremonies of 1933, 1937, 1941, and 1945. Live Q&A in the comments on Facebook.
Available online»

FDR Library on WAMC 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow will join WAMC Northeast Public Radio's the Roundtable Tuesday morning, the day before the inauguration, to offer historic perspective.
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Digital Research: How Data Shines a Light on our Past 
The digitization of archival materials helps researchers uncover history that might otherwise be overlooked. Roosevelt Institute Morgenthau Scholar Dr. Abby Gondek talks to FDR Library Supervisory Archivist Kirsten Carter about how data visualizations from 3,000 letters from the public about the Emergency Refugee Center in Oswego, NY, reveal evidence of American responses to the Holocaust.
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Program Archives

FDR and the Jews» 
From January 2014:
Richard Breitman examines the historical debate over whether President Franklin D. Roosevelt was indifferent to or a defender of the Jews of Europe during World War II. “President Roosevelt and Early News of the Holocaust” was a program at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Broadcast by CSPAN (Video, 1 hour 18 minutes).
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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

FDR’s Four Historic Inaugurations» 
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only president who will ever have four inaugurations (thanks to the 22nd Amendment.) And each of his inaugurations was historic in its own way. A blog by FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow.
Available online»

 

#NationalHobbyMonth» 
FDR was an avid, lifelong stamp collector who gathered over 1.2 million stamps into his personal collection. He began collecting stamps at the age of eight at the suggestion of his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, who passed on her collection to him. This is the very first stamp album from the President’s collection.
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Short Film of the Week» 
Excerpts from FDR's famous 1933 Inaugural Address (7:20 minutes)
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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»