May 19, 2022

In this issue: FDR's Final Campaign with David Woolner; the Bivouac returns; Hobos and Hoovervilles; Maine #ArtifactRoadTrip; FDR's Evolving Fiscal Approach; and Investigating the Holocaust Part 13.

FDR's Final Campaign with
David Woolner
Wednesday, May 25, 2pm
Join Supervisory Curator Herman Eberhardt on a walk through the Museum’s newest special exhibit with historian David Woolner, whose recent book, The Last 100 Days, contributed to the exhibit’s development. Prof. Woolner and Roosevelt biographer Geoffrey Ward served as historical advisers for FDR’s Final Campaign.
Final Campaign exhibit at FDR Library
World War II Military Displays:
Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29
Time: 10am to 4pm
FDR Library Great Lawn
The lawn in front of the FDR Presidential Library will take on the appearance of a World War II encampment with WWII Military Displays. Period military vehicles of all sizes and soldiers in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of World War II history.

Free public event.

From June 2020

The romantic image we have of Hobos of 'riding the rails' stands in stark contrast to the real life dangers faced by transient workers in the 1930s. This presentation examines the origins, culture and impact of the Hobo mystique.

FDR Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin
A painting of the destroyer, USS ANDERSON, on patrol in Tenants Harbor, St. George, Maine, by Edwin Whitman. Commissioned in May 1939, the USS ANDERSON (DD-411), a Sims-class U.S. Navy destroyer, was named for Rear Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson, Jr. The ship served in both the Atlantic and Pacific during WWII before being decommissioned in August 1946.

Ship USS Anderson on Patrol
FDR began his 1932 campaign for the presidency espousing orthodox fiscal beliefs and promising to balance the federal budget, but realized these approaches did not match the reality of the economic situation: "To balance our budget in 1933 or 1934 or 1935 would have been a crime against the American people."

FDR at Dedication of Boulder (now Hoover) Dam, September 30, 1936.
The sons and daughters of thousands of American families heeded the call to serve their country during World War II. The four sons of America’s First Family were counted among those that served with distinction and honor for the duration of the war. The Roosevelt boys – Jimmy, Elliott, Franklin, Jr., and John — all joined the U.S. armed forces and served overseas, each one having very different service experiences. Jimmy, FDR, Jr. and John followed the family tradition of naval service. Elliott soared with the Army Air Forces. Just like other wartime GI’s, they were away from family and in harm’s way. Just like other wartime GI’s, their parents worried about their safety.

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FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.
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