July 15, 2021

In this issue: A Phased Reopening of the Museum, a Tour of the Library Exterior with William Harris, FDR's Meeting with King Saud, the Hobo Code, and Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day Column.

We are pleased to announce a phased reopening of the museum beginning Saturday, July 17, 2021, with online timed ticket sales only (and no onsite sales), limited hours and attendance. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with last entry time at 2:45 p.m.)

A Gift to the American People
Wednesday, July 21, 2pm
Deputy Director William A. Harris leads a brief tour around the Library, providing insights into its development and construction as well as FDR’s involvement in all facets of its planning and early operations.
FDR Presidential Library
From July 2013:
FDR met with King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia in February, 1945, as part of a Middle East strategy that would undermine the British Empire and anger Winston Churchill. Christopher O’Sullivan talks about his book, FDR and the End of Empire: The Origins of American Power in the Middle East. C-SPAN video, 46:16 minutes.


During his trip to Casablanca to meet with Churchill, FDR used this U.S. Army mess kit at a field luncheon while visiting Rabat, Morocco, to review American troops on January 21, 1943.

During the Great Depression jobs were hard to come by so many young people in their late teens and early 20s ‘took to the rails’ and traveled from town to town by hopping slow moving trains. Because they were always entering new and unfamiliar places with unknown dangers, Hobos developed their own special code to communicate and warn each other of dangers and opportunities. Learn more with this fun activity for the whole family.

Yesterday morning, Miss Alice Nichols, who is in charge of the Victory Food Campaign for the Department of Agriculture, attended my press conference. I was much interested to find that we have had such a splendid response to the appeal made by the Department for more food production. Now they are going to be able to tell us at certain periods what foods we ought to buy and eat fresh, because they are so plentiful on the market....

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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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