franklin d. roosevelt presidential library and museum

  Hudson Valley World Affairs Council will be hosting a lecture at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, September 9th featuring Tom Nichols - Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

He will speak on "The U.S. and Russia Today: New Cold War, Hot War, or Reconciliation?” The discussion will be about US-Russian relations, focusing on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the conflict in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal and the future of NATO.

He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

  Kermit Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania Law Professor and Theodore Roosevelt’s Great Great Grandson, combines the momentum of a top-notch legal thriller with a thoughtful examination of one of the worst civil rights violations in US history in Allegiance: A Novel.

The Roosevelt Library and Museum will present an author talk and book signing with Kermit Roosevelt at 7 o'clock tonight in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

  The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and signing at 7 p.m. with Geoffrey C. Ward, coauthor (with Ken Burns) of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

The book, created in conjunction with the PBS documentary series of the same name, chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.

FDR Presidential Library Hosts Veteran Arts Showcase

Nov 22, 2013
Courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum

In New York, a Veteran Arts Showcase will be on display this weekend at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Dutchess County.

    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.

Stanley Weintraub will talk about his new book at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, November 3 at 2pm.

    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.

    Terry Gipson is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing the 41st district of the state.

Gipson was elected to the Senate in 2012. He is also a local business owner and homeowner in Rhinebeck, NY and he is the first Democrat elected to the seat since FDR.

    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.

    While the renovation of the museum is an amazing achievement, it is important to realize the revitalization also includes new and exciting permanent museum exhibits.

These exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt Presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and WWII with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people.

Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Museum Curator, Herman Eberhardt join us.

    Lynn Bassanese began working at FDR Presidential Library and Museum as part-time archives aides in 1972 while a student at nearby Marist College. She is now the director of the library and museum and has largely overseen this $35 million, nine-year restoration and redesign project that we are celebrating this morning.

She was also front and center at yesterday’s rededication here at America’s first Presidential Library and the only one used by a sitting President.

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York is in the midst of their countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits on June 30th.

  The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York is in the midst of their countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits on June 30th.

These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special inter-actives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a New Deal to a New Generation.

To talk specifically about the upcoming audiovisual presentations, we welcome Herman Eberhardt, Supervisory Museum Curator for the Roosevelt Library and Steve Bressler, President of Monadnock Media.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

    On Friday, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York kicked off their "100 Days" Countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits on June 30th. Today marks 97 days.

These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a New Deal to a New Generation.

To help us countdown, we welcome Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Felica Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.