April 8, 2021

In this issue: 1000 Years of Haudenosaunee Women in Power, 8th Annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival, David Woolner and FDR's Last 100 Days, Remembering FDR's Death, Japanese Internment, Honoring Yom HaShoah.

Sisters In Spirit: Native Women and the Women's Suffrage Movement
Wednesday, April 14, 2:00pm
Dr. Sally Wagner, a pioneer in Women's Studies, talks to FDR Library director Paul Sparrow about the political power and voice that Haudenosaunee women have had for one thousand years and how they helped inspire the early Women's Suffrage Movement.
8th Annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival
Saturday, April 17
Presented virtually by the FDR Library and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Live Q&A.

1:00 pm
Vincent T. Dacquino
Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley: The Life and Ride of Sybil Ludington

2:00 pm
David Levine
The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years: A Mostly Chronological and Occasionally Personal History

3:00 pm
Judith Linville
Reflections: Staatsburg: "Not Just a Place to Live" A Collection of Interviews with Community Members

4:00 pm
Anthony P. Musso
Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley - Volume 3
From June 2011:
Roosevelt Institute Resident Historian David Woolner examines FDR's last 100 days. Roosevelt had a history of hiding his thoughts behind a cheerful exuburance and he used this to his advantage, even if it lead to feelings of isolation and hiding the extent of his illness at the end of his life. April 12 is the 76th anniversary of FDR's death.

Roosevelt Institute Resident Historian David Woolner

FDR’s death on April 12, 1945, shocked the nation. Millions of American never forgot where they were and what they felt when they learned the news. Many reflected on how deeply his presidency had impacted their lives. (Video 6:33 minutes)

In the Spring of 1940, the Norwegian Royal Family were forced to leave their homeland when Hitler brutally invaded Norway. FDR had met and befriended the Crown Prince and Princess a year earlier during their widely publicized American tour, and the President now offered the family a safe haven in Washington, DC.

Millions of Americans turned backyards, vacant lots, parkland, schoolyards, and other public spaces into Victory Gardens during WWII.

While we included this link to our Nuremberg video series in the last issue, we repeat it today in honor of Yom HaShoah. This film series, with over 400,000 views, also has an accompanying curriculum guide.

The Presidential Libraries

If you enjoy history, you'll find even more in the email newsletters of our fellow Presidential libraries:
My favorite item is FDR’s desk filled with knick-knacks. My desk at work looked the same. When I saw it I thought to myself, wow FDR and I have something in common!

I continue to admire Franklin, Eleanor, and all the people in their lives and look forward to returning to the Library.

Beth Krzywicki (right), a longtime Library member and donor from Orangevale, CA.
"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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