In Young Mr. Roosevelt, acclaimed historian Stanley Weintraub evokes Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political and wartime beginnings. An unpromising patrician playboy appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913, Roosevelt learned quickly and rose to national visibility in World War I.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1920, he lost the election but not his ambitions. While his stature was rising, his testy marriage to his cousin Eleanor was fraying amid scandal quietly covered up. Even polio a year later would not suppress his inevitable ascent.
John and Gloria Golden are long-time residents of Hyde Park – their personal history is fascinatingly wrapped in the history of the community and with FDR and First Lady, Eleanor.
Gloria is the daughter of Reverend Gordon L. Kidd who was Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, NY from 1946 to 1966 and she worked for The Roosevelt Library.
John Golden is the Owner of Golden & Golden Construction, Hyde Park, NY - his uncle, Henry Golden was a chauffeur who wrecked FDR’s car and his grandfather tended horses at the Vanderbilt farm. John and Gloria Golden join us now to share more of their story.
A presidential library is a pretty good “get” for a community in terms of creating a reason for people to visit. But the location we broadcast from this morning isn’t the only attraction in the Hyde Park area.
Here to tell us about some other Dutchess County spots – and to fill us in on the impact of having the FDR Museum and Library here, are Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism and Sarah Olson the National Park Service’s Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites.
All American presidents are commanders in chief by law. Not all have performed as such in practice. In his new book, in Roosevelt’s Centurions, distinguished historian Joseph Persico reveals how, during World War II, Franklin Roosevelt seized the levers of wartime power like no president since Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Prior to beginning his career as a historian and biographer, Joseph Persico was chief speechwriter for New York governor and later U.S. vice president, Nelson A. Rockefeller. He has written 13-books, including many about FDR and the Roosevelt era – including: Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage and Franklin and Lucy: FDR and the Remarkable Women in His Life.
Presidential Libraries and Museums don’t just renovate themselves. Neither is the job of updating a building and preserving historical context something that just anyone can handle - or should attempt.
A full-scale renovation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum began in May 2010. With the exception of two wings added in 1972 in honor of Mrs. Roosevelt, it is the first renovation of the Roosevelt Library since it was opened to the public on June 30, 1941. Joe - The project consisted of two phases over three years with a budget of $35 million in federal funding. The renovation brings the Library’s archives and museum up to the National Archives’s standards for the preservation of historic collections, while carefully preserving the building’s historic appearance.
Luke Interrante, Project Manager from KCCM Construction and Arik Mathison, the project directing architect from EYP Architecture & Engineering join us to tell us more.
Carolyn D. Palmer has created new sculptures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt which are on display in the renovated lobby of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum.
These beautiful new sculptures — commissioned through private donations and donated to the Library — can be touched by the public and will help the Roosevelt Library fulfill its commitment to accessibility for all its visitors. If you can’t see the first couple’s features – with these sculptures, you can feel them in bronze.
Master sculptor, Carolyn D. Palmer graduated cum laude from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She went on to study privately throughout Spain, France, Italy and the United States. Her sculptures are displayed in both public venues and private collections. A larger-than-life Thomas Jefferson graces the Jefferson Center Lobby in Syracuse, New York. Her Dr. Zef Oroshi, smoking his famous pipe, resides in a prominent Hartsdale, New York Cathedral. And her Wright Brothers were acquired by the Sanford, Orlando airport. Palmer was chosen by Mayor Christopher Doherty of Scranton, Pennsylvania to create life size bronzes of Vice President Joseph Biden, and the late Governor Robert P. Casey for a historic park in Scranton.
David Roosevelt is the grandson of Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt, and son of the late Elliott Roosevelt. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, David’s career has spanned more than 35years, during which time he served in senior management positions in the investment and financial services industry, and philanthropy.
He was twice appointed as a Federal Commissioner on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Commission in Washington, DC, once by President George Bush in 1991 and again by President Clinton in 1993.
He is the author of the biography, Grandmere: A Personal History of Eleanor Roosevelt. David spent a significant portion of his youth with Eleanor and says his book was a non-scholarly, intimate look at his grandmother and her life, and his days with her.
The Roosevelt Library remains the premier research center in the world for study and research on the 32nd President of the United States. It contains more than 17-million pages of documents. The library is a critical historical resource and educational destination used by scholars, researchers and historians.
Historian Douglas Brinkley is a scholar, author, and sought-after news commentator. He is a professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. His new book is on FDR and why we are lucky enough to have him join us this morning.