To do our part during this period of social distancing, we will be assembling a bi-weekly digest of online programs, resources, and diversions.
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FDR's Final Campaign with
Wednesday, May 25, 2pm
Join Supervisory Curator Herman Eberhardt on a walk through the Museum’s newest special exhibit with historian David Woolner, whose recent book, The Last 100 Days, contributed to the exhibit’s development. Prof. Woolner and Roosevelt biographer Geoffrey Ward served as historical advisers for FDR’s Final Campaign.
World War II Military Displays:
Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29
Time: 10am to 4pm
FDR Library Great Lawn
The lawn in front of the FDR Presidential Library will take on the appearance of a World War II encampment with WWII Military Displays. Period military vehicles of all sizes and soldiers in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of World War II history.
Free public event.
Hobos and Hoovervilles»
From June 2020
The romantic image we have of Hobos of 'riding the rails' stands in stark contrast to the real life dangers faced by transient workers in the 1930s. This presentation examines the origins, culture and impact of the Hobo mystique.
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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 painting of the destroyer, USS ANDERSON, on patrol in Tenants Harbor, St. George, Maine, by Edwin Whitman. Commissioned in May 1939, the USS ANDERSON (DD-411), a Sims-class U.S. Navy destroyer, was named for Rear Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson, Jr. The ship served in both the Atlantic and Pacific during WWII before being decommissioned in August 1946.
A President's Evolving Approach to Fiscal Policy in Times of Crisis»
FDR began his 1932 campaign for the presidency espousing orthodox fiscal beliefs and promising to balance the federal budget, but realized these approaches did not match the reality of the economic situation: "To balance our budget in 1933 or 1934 or 1935 would have been a crime against the American people."
Sons of the Commander in Chief: The Roosevelt Boys in World War II
The sons and daughters of thousands of American families heeded the call to serve their country during World War II. The four sons of America’s First Family were counted among those that served with distinction and honor for the duration of the war. The Roosevelt boys – Jimmy, Elliott, Franklin, Jr., and John — all joined the U.S. armed forces and served overseas, each one having very different service experiences. Jimmy, FDR, Jr. and John followed the family tradition of naval service. Elliott soared with the Army Air Forces. Just like other wartime GI’s, they were away from family and in harm’s way. Just like other wartime GI’s, their parents worried about their safety.
These are their stories. »