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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

Wednesday, June 9, 2pm 
Researcher Spotlight: Writing FDR
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Dr. Christopher Brockman talks with Kirsten Carter, Head of the FDR Library's Archives, about his study of historical letters to FDR from the people of the United States. Brockman explores a vast array of public reactions to Fireside Chats and shares a digital tool he created to visualize them.
Visit Writing FDR»

Wednesday, June 15-17 
Annual Roosevelt Reading Festival
Our annual reading festival continues this year in a live virtual format.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
4:00 p.m. YouTube»
Eric Rauchway
Why the New Deal Matters

6:00 p.m. YouTube»
John A. Riggs
High Tension: FDR's Battle to Power America

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2:00 p.m. YouTube»
Jan Jarboe Russell
Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt's Search for Freedom and Identity in New York's Greenwich Village

4:00 p.m. YouTube»
David Levering Lewis
The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

Thursday, June 17, 2021
4:00 p.m. YouTube»
Neville Thompson
The Third Man: Churchill, Roosevelt, Mackenzie King, and the Untold Friendships that Won World War II

6:00 p.m. YouTube»
Howard Blum
Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin


Program Archives

FDR: The First 100 Days 
From June 2008: 
Historian Anthony Badger explores FDR's first one hundred days (which ended June 16, 1933) recounting the record number of bills that President Roosevelt sent to Congress and the beginning of the New Deal.
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


#GreatOutdoorsMonth 
Eleanor Roosevelt kept and rode horses throughout her life. This riding outfit was made by the Kauffman Saddlery Co. In the photo above, she is wearing the outfit while riding Patches alongside Elinor Morgenthau in Washington, D.C.
Learn more on our Digital Artifact Collection»

 

 

 

June 14 is Flag Day» 
This World War II poster features Lewis Ward (left) and Walter Shippe (right) at work on a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft.
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The Roosevelts Sailing on the Amberjack II» 
In June 1933, at the end of his first 100 days in office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went sailing aboard the Amberjack II with Eleanor Roosevelt, family, and friends from Marion, Massachusetts, to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada.
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»