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Since Ken Burns’ documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History aired on PBS during the week of September 14th, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has experienced an overwhelming upsurge in interest. Museum visitation is up 25%, and the parking lots are overflowing. Visits to the Library’s website jumped 650% during the week that the film aired. Research requests to the Library’s archives and museum doubled, and sales in the New Deal Store increased 39%.
All of the Library’s social media platforms also saw a huge increase in views. The real standouts were our blog and Flickr page. The number of total views for September 2014 for our In Roosevelt History blog increased 117% over the same month last year. The total views for the Library’s Flickr page for September 2014 was 126,105, a 114% increase from September 2013.
We appreciate everyone who has called, written, or visited the Library, and gone to our website and social media to learn more. When FDR created this presidential Library and gave it to the American people, his hope was that people would visit here and learn from the past so they would be able to create a better future for themselves. That mission of discovery and learning is something we take very seriously here, and we try very hard to fulfill that mission by welcoming visitors from all over the world, offering interesting and innovative public programs and providing innovative educational programs.
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