December 10, 2020

In this issue: The Roosevelts at Christmas, This Day in Presidential History, Eleanor's Unfinished Knitting, Pearl Harbor Artifacts, and Kneeling Woman.

How did the dark times brought about by the Great Depression and World War II impact the way the Roosevelts and Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday? This session presents the customs and traditions followed by the Roosevelt family as they celebrated Christmas, one of their favorite holidays of the year.

From February 2018:
White House reporter and author Paul Brandus examines the qualities that make a President great and discusses the book that grew out of his Twitter feed highlighting Presidential acts on each day of the year. Broadcast by C-SPAN (Video 55:39 minutes).


Y is for Yarn. Eleanor Roosevelt enjoyed knitting and embroidering gifts for family and friends. This knitted baby sweater, started by Eleanor, was found among her things following her death.

For 226 years, the Bill of Rights has guaranteed our freedoms of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for redress of grievances. In 1941, at the request of Congress, FDR proclaimed a Bill of Rights Day.

And one final look at Pearl Harbor for this year, a number of museum artifacts were featured in this special exhibition that marked the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941, attack.

In September 2016, the Roosevelt Library unveiled a newly restored sculpture from its museum collection that has an unusual story. The sculpture, created in 1943 by Ralph Stackpole (1885-1973), was banished by FDR to an obscure location on the edge of his estate, where it languished for many years. (2:31 minutes)

Kneeling Woman (1943) by Ralph Stackpole
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