August 6, 2020

In today's issue: Picnic Baskets and Diplomacy, the Man Who Sent Checks During the Great Depression, a Photography Summer Activity, FDR's Hobbyhorse, the 19th Amendment at 100 years, America's Call to Arms.

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 royalty. A Facebook Live presentation with Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin with live Q&A to follow.
From December 2010:
Ted Gup's grandfather Sam Stone, under a pseudonym, placed an ad in the Canton newspaper in 1933 asking people to describe their circumstances at the height of the Great Depression. He would send $5 checks to 150 of them. Gup talks about his trip to find out who those recipients were. (Video, 53:05) Broadcast by CSPAN.

Ted Gup, author of A Secret Gift
Our education specialist has assembled 21 smart, fun activities for youth at home, that occupy young hands and minds while requiring minimal adult supervision.
FDR’s parents were very supportive of his hobbies, so when he expressed an interest in photography, they purchased a state-of-the-art camera for him. Today, most of us have cameras tucked right in our pockets on our phones. What kind of pictures or video do you like to take?


H is for Hobbyhorse. FDR’s Delano grandparents gave him this hobbyhorse, made by P. J. Marqua & Co., when he was four years old while his parents were traveling in Mexico. He named it Mexico. Decades later, Roosevelt’s children enjoyed playing with it.

Join us this Friday on Twitter for #ArchivesGetsTheVote! We will be sharing photos and artifacts from our collections related to voting.

The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, but that was not the end of the story for women and their struggle for the right to vote. Join the National Archives, Library of Congress and Smithsonian as we commemorate the centennial year with 12 stories from our holdings.

America's Call to Arms is an historic newsreel from Castle Films that takes a look at the mobilization of the United States as it entered World War II. Excellent footage of factories working at capacity and soldiers in training.
(Video 8:15 minutes)

FDR Library Twitter Hashtag Party

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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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