May 7, 2020
In this issue: Two Presidential Library Directors talk about the Hoover-FDR transition, historian Eric Rauchway examines the topic even further, a new "Create a Propaganda Poster" activity, teaching materials on the Supreme Court and the Presidency, a beta preview of our new online museum portal, and Anne Marie Pitcher's Roosevelt Story.

Premiering Wednesday, May 13, 2pm on our Facebook Page
FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow hosts a conversation with Hoover Library Director Thomas Schwartz about the relationship between the two men during the 1932 campaign and the transition between their presidencies, examining their different philosophies in the role of government and the protection of individual liberty and freedom. Followed by a Q&A in the comments.
Hoover and Roosevelt
From June 2019:
UC Davis history professor Eric Rauchway recounts the strained transition between Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt in 1932, the heightened rhetoric of the time, and an attempted assassination of FDR in the period before his inauguration.
Broadcast by CSPAN. (51:30 min)

Eric Rauchway, history professor, University of California, Davis
Activity of the Week
Our Education Specialist has been busy preparing activities that are fun and inspirational for young people and adults alike. A new one every week.

Posters are an eye-catching way to convey important information quickly and easily and can help remind people to be part of the solution in dangerous and trying times.

Category: Visual Arts, Research, Current Events, Writing

Grade level: Elementary through high school

Suggested time: 30-60 minutes

Teaching Guide of the Week

With the Supreme Court broadcasting its oral arguments for the first time this week, it's a perfect moment for this guide. In it we examine the challenges faced by Presidents when dealing with the Judiciary. This package includes an overview of the Presidency and the Supreme Court since the Hoover Administration, a set of topical primary source documents, and a series of activities for young people at home.

Video of the Week

A keynote address delivered by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Presidency and the Supreme Court, presented in nine chapters, at a national conference held at the FDR Library in November, 2007.


While you’re at home, come explore FDR’s Private Study, which remains almost precisely as the President left it on his last visit on March 28, 1945. You can explore the objects in his Study and help us test out our online museum portal.

Eleanor Roosevelt used to invite Anne Marie Pitcher's husband over to swim with her grandchildren and for her annual Christmas Eve reading of "A Christmas Carol." (Video, 2:24 min)
Images from our museum portal

Anne Marie Pitcher at FDR Library
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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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