As we’re nearing the last days of January the National Archives staff — along with our friends at the National Park Service — prepares to celebrate Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday on January 30th. At 3:00 p.m. the National Park Service will hold a Rose Garden Ceremony and, following the ceremony, the FDR Presidential Library will invite attendees to return to the Wallace Center for birthday cake and refreshments. This reception is always a wonderful opportunity to meet with community members, Roosevelt admirers and visitors from all over the world.
In February we’ll be hosting a special afternoon of events on Saturday the 18th to commemorate Presidents Day Weekend. The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and book signing at 2:00 p.m. with Washington College Professor of History Richard Striner, author of “Lincoln’s Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power.”
Following the book talk members of the Library’s archives staff will display original documents from the Roosevelt Library archives bearing the signatures of many of our nation’s Presidents including: Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. Over 30 signatures will be on display — most of which were collected by Franklin Roosevelt himself. There will also be a video presentation and family-friendly activities relating to presidential history courtesy of the Library’s education department.