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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 ProgramsProgram Archives | Teacher Resources | Features Stories


Upcoming Programs

The Hoover Roosevelt Transition»
Premiering Wednesday, May 13, 2pm on our Facebook Page
FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow hosts a conversation with Hoover Library Director Thomas Schwartz about the relationship between the two men during the 1932 campaign and the transition between their presidencies, examining their different philosophies in the role of government and the protection of individual liberty and freedom. Followed by a Q&A in the comments.


Program Archives

Creating Jobs and Hope in the Great Depression»
From June 2019:
UC Davis history professor Eric Rauchway recounts the strained transition between Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt in 1932, the heightened rhetoric of the time, and an attempted assassination of FDR in the period before his inauguration.
Broadcast by CSPAN. (51:30 min)
Available online»

More from the Program Archives
Creating Jobs and Hope in the Great Depression» 
The President's Kitchen Cabinet»
FDR a Man of Destiny»
From Debutante to WWII Spy»
The President's Book of Secrets»
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

To assist parents with children at home, and teachers who are shifting to online classrooms, the FDR presents our free online activities and resources every week.

NEW: Activity of the Week
Our Education Specialist has been busy preparing activities that are fun and inspirational for young people and adults alike. A new one every week.

Create a Propaganda Poster Activity»
Posters are an eye-catching way to convey important information quickly and easily and can help remind people to be part of the solution in dangerous and trying times.
Category: Visual Arts, Research, Current Events, Writing
Grade level: Elementary through high school
Suggested time: 30-60 minutes
Available online»

Teaching Guide of the Week
The Presidency and the Supreme Court Teaching Guide»
With the Supreme Court broadcasting its oral arguments for the first time this week, it's a perfect moment for this guide. In it we examine the challenges faced by Presidents when dealing with the Judiciary. This package includes an overview of the Presidency and the Supreme Court since the Hoover Administration, a set of topical primary source documents, and a series of activities for young people at home.

Historic context, key questions, primary source materials, activities, and more.
Available online»

Interactive Web Feature of the Week 
Sandra Day O'Connor»
A keynote address delivered by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Presidency and the Supreme Court, presented in nine chapters, at a national conference held at the FDR Library in November, 2007.
Available online»

Previous Guides
Our Plain Duty Teaching Guide»
Fireside Chat "Banking Crisis" Hub»
Inaugural Address Curriculum Hub»
Red Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen»
Teachable Moments: World War II»
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

New Online Museum Portal Beta Preview»
While you’re at home, come explore FDR’s Private Study, which remains almost precisely as the President left it on his last visit on March 28, 1945. You can explore the objects in his Study and help us test out our online museum portal.
Available online»

My Roosevelt Moment»
Eleanor Roosevelt used to invite Anne Marie Pitcher's husband over to swim with her grandchildren and for her annual Christmas Eve reading of "A Christmas Carol." (Video, 2:24 min)

How have the Roosevelts affected your life? Please share your personal connection to Franklin, Eleanor, their legacy, the FDR Library's Archives or Museum by emailing myrooseveltstory@nara.gov.

Previous Features
One of the Millions: FDR and the Flu Pandemic of 1918-1920»
Florence Harriman, Diplomat»
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»
My Grandfather's Leadership»
FDR's Secret Communications Center»
The River»
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»