July 1, 2021

Happy July 4th!

In this issue: Everyone's Favorite Scottie, a Royally Good Picnic with the Roosevelts and Jeffrey Urbin, #NationalHotDogMonth, and even more of the Roosevelts Enjoying the Outdoors.

The Most Famous Dog in America
July 7, 2pm (and on demand)
Franklin Roosevelt had a lifelong affection for pets. His best known was Fala, a Scottish terrier who became his constant companion and the most famous dog in America. Explore Fala-related museum artifacts with Supervisory Curator Herman Eberhardt.
From August 2020:
Learn how the Roosevelts found comfort and relief from the suffering and uncertainty of the Great Depression and World War II through the simple act of picnicking with family, friends, and even royalty.


This smoke-stained sculpture of Huckleberry Finn eating a hot dog once hung over the large stone picnic fireplace at Val-Kill.

One of the Roosevelt family’s favorite summer time foods was the American classic, a good old fashioned hot dog! One time the Roosevelts had the King and Queen of England for a picnic in Hyde Park, and yes, they even served them hot dogs!

What are some of your favorite outdoor party activities? Grilling hot dogs? A dramatic reading? Cheating at an egg and spoon race? Ring-Around-the-Rosie? Making vegetable dolls? A bout of “Are you There Moriarty?” There’s nothing like a Roosevelt picnic!

The Presidential Libraries
If you enjoy history, you'll find even more in the email newsletters of our fellow Presidential libraries:
Join as a Fala Friend level Member and you'll get a special FDR Library bandana* to dress up your pooch. Plus you'll receive these great benefits:

  • Unlimited free admission for two (2) adults to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum for one year, as well as to all Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Membership email updates featuring upcoming programs and events, with exclusive content.
  • Invitations to special members-only events at the Library.
  • 10% discount at the New Deal Museum Store.

*Bee-sized bandanas are no longer available
"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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