September 9, 2021

Pictured above: Youth sign a Replica Constitution at the FDR Library

In this issue: FDR & the Supreme Court Live, Constitution Week Education Programs, Our October Virtual Conference on the Holocaust and Digital Humanities, FDR and Eisenhower, American Illustrator Newell Convers Wyeth, FDR at Groton, the President's "Lucky" Campaign Hat.

Why the New Deal Matters
Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 2pm ET
Join us for the Roosevelt Reading Festival 2021 Author Talk with Eric Rauchway.

Live Conversation
Friday, Sep 17, 2021, 6pm ET
Join us live on YouTube and Facebook, for a Constitution Day conversation on "FDR and the Supreme Court" with Library Director Paul Sparrow, Ralph Blumenthal (Baruch College), and John Q. Barrett (St. John's University School of Law). Q&A in the comments to follow the discussion.

Constitution Week
Teachers and caregivers: register your elementary students for a special presentation of the new We Rule: Civics for All of US programs on the Constitution, The Constitution Rules for grades K–2 and The Constitution and Our Community for grades 3–5!

Sep 15-17, 2021, 10am ET
Sep 22-24, 2021 2pm ET

Sep 15-17, 2021, 2pm ET
Sep 22-24, 2021, 10am ET

US Constitution
The FDR Library is holding an international public-facing conference October 12-15, 2021 that will examine the current state of Holocaust scholarship and the contemporary relevance of the US government’s response to the Holocaust, with a special emphasis on how the field of digital humanities and the increasing need for and access to digital research is changing the way Holocaust research is conducted and disseminated. Free to register.
From June 2020:
A conversation between FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow and Eisenhower Library Director Dawn Hammett on the relationship between these two leaders.


A poster showing an illustration by Newell Convers Wyeth, a famous American muralist and illustrator, and the father of Andrew Wyeth.

Today is School Picture Day
To celebrate this remarkable, national event, here is a portrait of the future President from his Groton days in 1900. And as a reminder, you can find a treasure trove of historic images from Franklin and Eleanor's lives in our Franklin Digital Collections»
FDR at Groton, 1900
No less significant, we will be celebrating National Felt Hat Day on Sep 15, a particular favorite at the Library because of this special artifact: FDR's "Lucky" Campaign Hat. The President, who could be superstitious, wore this hat for all four Presidential campaigns, and it's hard to argue with results.

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"Whatever our individual circumstances or opportunities, we are all in it, and our spirit is good... and do not let anyone tell you anything different." FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.
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