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Upcoming Programs

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: Strange and Unusual Stories» 
Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2pm Facebook Premiere
Were the Roosevelts surrounded by an unexplained and mysterious aura? Decide for yourself after hearing some of the strange and unusual stories that led some people to claim that they were.
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Program Archives

The Most Famous Dog in America» 
From July 2020:
Franklin Roosevelt had a lifelong affection for pets. His best known was Fala, a Scottish terrier who became his constant companion and the most famous dog in America. Find out more about Fala and Museum artifacts related to him in the next installment of At Home With The Roosevelts Museum Collection. (Video, 14:05 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.

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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» 
R is for Ring. Franklin Roosevelt gave Eleanor this engagement ring on her 20th birthday, October 11, 1904. This ring is one of the earliest known examples of the Tiffany Setting which revolutionized jewelry design by raising the diamond above the ring band to allow light to hit the stone from all angles.
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Biography of Fala Roosevelt» 
Fala was born on April 7, 1940, and given to the President by Mrs. Augustus G. Kellogg of Westport, Connecticut through Franklin Roosevelt's cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley. At first his name was Big Boy. Franklin renamed him 'Murray the Outlaw of Falahill' after a Scottish ancestor.
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The Case of the Dog Who Didn’t Bark on the Boat» 
Fala traveled with FDR extensively, but his most mysterious and controversial voyage took place in 1944 and led to one of the most famous campaign speeches in American political history.
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Margaret "Daisy" Suckley» 
In 1940, FDR's cousin Margaret Suckley presented him with a Scottie she had been training for the previous six months. Fala would become one of the most popular presidential pets.
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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»