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The Roosevelt Library celebrated President’s Day Weekend with a host of afternoon events last Saturday, February 18. Washington College Professor of History Richard Striner, author of “Lincoln’s Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power,” delivered a fascinating talk on Presidential power to an audience of 85 attendees. Following the lecture visitors were invited to view a selection of presidential autographs from the Roosevelt Library archives in the research room — many of which are from FDR’s personal collection.

At 3:30 p.m., Roosevelt grandson Curtis Roosevelt laid flowers at the President’s grave and spoke to 75 attendees in the Rose Garden at the Home of FDR National Historic Site in honor of his grandfather on President’s Day.

Next month, on Thursday, March 22, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., the Library will present an author talk and signing with acclaimed author and New York Law School Martin Professor of Law Emeritus James F. Simon, author of “FDR and Chief Justice Hughes,” in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Following the presentation, Prof. Simon will be available to sign copies of his book. This is a free public event.

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.

The Public Programs department strives to offer a host of innovative programs and events for the general public each year here at Roosevelt Library. These events include author talks and book signings, lectures, conferences and panel discussions, historical encampments, films and music programs grounded in the Roosevelt era. The Library is able to develop, publicize, and implement this full calendar of popular public programs through the financial support of Roosevelt Institute.
 
Programs include the late winter Eleanor Roosevelt Forums with Catharine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie, New York; President’s Day Weekend events; the Memorial Day Weekend “USO Show” and World War II Living History Encampment; the Roosevelt Reading Festival — featuring 15-20 authors of recently published books based on research at the Roosevelt Library; a fall panel series exploring historical themes from the Roosevelt era and their relevance today; and Holiday Open House events in December.
 
Public Programs staff also oversees the “facility use” of the Library, Wallace Center and grounds; the volunteer and internship programs; and all public and media relations for the Library.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Film: Sunrise at Campobello
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center
Time: 1:00 p.m.

The FDR Presidential Library will screen Sunrise at Campobello (1960) at 1:00 p.m. on February 19. Dore Schary’s Sunrise at Campobello is the story of Franklin Roosevelt’s bout with polio and how his family and close friends coped with his illness. This Academy Award-nominated biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt spans from when he was stricken with polio to his presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention. The story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover. It is based on Dore Schary’s award-winning Broadway play of the same name.

Documents on Display: Presidential Autographs
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Following the film the Library will display original documents from the Roosevelt Library archives bearing the signatures of many of our nation’s President’s including: Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. Twenty-eight 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.

Free public event. For information call (845) 486-7745.

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