FDR library … Part Two

After the Art of War exhibition, we headed deeper into the library itself.  It was set up chronologically and started with a deadly boring  wonderfully informative film.

We walked through artifact filled rooms from FDR’s first campaign….


And my inner history geek was positively orgasmic.

I live for this stuff.


There was a demographic map that looked a wee bit different than today’s.


We found the original draft of Roosevelt’s famous, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” speech.


Some Prohibition repeal glassware…


Let there be beer!


And then it was onto the Roosevelt’s personal history rooms.


Filled with intimate family photos..


And chock full of interesting tidbits….


This was one of my favorite parts.


I mean, come on.

FDR and his dog riding a donkey on a wicker saddle built for two?



There was so much to see and read, but we were rushing through it quickly as we had another tour scheduled.


And if you think the government can’t ever work together to get anything done, take a look at what they accomplished in a mere 100 days in 1933.


It really was a fascinating place to explore.


Sadly we weren’t even half way finished with the first floor…


Heck, we had only reached the beginning of the war when the husband was dragging me out the door.

I never even got to read what the hell this was….




I don’t know.

But the next time we’re in the area, I’m going back to find out.

17 thoughts on “FDR library … Part Two”

  1. … and the country went to hell.

    Love that sign. And the beer bowl with the images about the repeal of prohibition is great. I cannot imagine adult life without adult libations. What were they thinking back then?

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  2. Here ya go:

    This 8-foot-tall papier-mâché sculpture of President Roosevelt as the Egyptian Sphinx was made as a witty commentary on FDR’s prolonged refusal to say whether or not he would run for an unprecedented third term in 1940. The sculpture was the centerpiece for a satiric review at the annual winter dinner of the Gridiron Club (the organization of White House press correspondents) held on December 9, 1939. FDR attended the dinner as an honored guest.

    The caricature was designed and executed by James D. Preston, Assistant Administrative Secretary of the National Archives and former Superintendent of the Senate Press Gallery. Mr. Preston used newspapers containing stories about the President’s potential third term run to construct the Sphinx. The sculpture was based partially on caricatures done for Mr. Preston by two of his cartoonist friends, Peter Brandt of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and James T. Berryman of the Washington Star.


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  3. I told Frank—I called him Frank–to not show that film but Ellie (Elanor more formally) insisted Franklyn (they were so formal with each other no one could figure out how they had children!) should.
    Sadly FDR (I did call him that in public) was so busy doing things for the people he didn’t have time to do anything about the film.
    I do hope Fred pulled you off the floor to get a bite to eat!

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