June 17, 2021

Final Day of the Roosevelt Reading Festival, FDR's Forgotten Father, Remembering Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Letters to the President, the Library's 80th Anniversary, #NationalRoseMonth, FDR Summer Activities, An Executive Order President Roosevelt Banning Discriminatory Employment Practices by Federal agencies.

Annual Roosevelt Reading Festival - FINAL DAY
Thursday, June 17, 2021
4:00 p.m. YouTube»
Neville Thompson
The Third Man: Churchill, Roosevelt, Mackenzie King, and the Untold Friendships that Won World War II

6:00 p.m. YouTube»
Howard Blum
Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
Roosevelt Reading Festival
FDR's Father James Roosevelt
Wednesday, June 23, 2pm
Much has been written about FDR's influential mother Sara Delano Roosevelt. This talk explores the important values and influences instilled in FDR by his father James.
William J. vanden Heuvel

The FDR Library mourns the passing of Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, lifelong champion of the Roosevelt legacy, Chair Emeritus of the Roosevelt Institute, Founding Chairman of the Four Freedoms Park, and founder of the FDR Library's Morgenthau Holocaust Collections Project. His support and devotion to the Library are unmatched and will be deeply missed.

Researcher Spotlight: Writing FDR
Wednesday, June 9, 2:00pm
Dr. Christopher Brockman talks with Kirsten Carter, Head of the FDR Library's Archives, about his study of historical letters to FDR from the people of the United States. Brockman explores a vast array of public reactions to Fireside Chats and shares a digital tool he created to visualize them.
From June 2016:
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in 2016, members of the Roosevelt Institute and the presidential library system spoke about President Roosevelt’s legacy and why he decided to create the first presidential library.

June 30, 2021, will be the 80th Anniversary of the FDR Library.


FDR personally designed this bookplate, which includes the three roses from the Roosevelt coat of arms, for the volumes in his naval book collection.

FDR’s New Deal created a series of programs designed to put millions of unemployed people to work. One of his favorites was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which built recreational trails and facilities, many still in use today.

Hiking or walking a trail is a great way to get outside and into nature for fresh air, exercise, and fun. It’s even more fun when you take along family and friends!

In June of 1941, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802, banning discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work. The order also established the Fair Employment Practices Commission to enforce the new policy.

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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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