Spending some time out East while teaching at Antioch offers the opportunity to visit some friends (Jay and the CIA [no, not that CIA]), and hit a few more NPS units. Hence, a trip to Hyde Park, NY to the FDR Home and Presidential Library and Museum. It’s a unique presidential library for a few reasons… it’s the first library to be used by a sitting president, and as it was in use during his administration, the offices and rooms where FDR broadcast several “Fireside Chats” are preserved as they were during that time:
This desk (pictured below) from the Oval office was built in Grand Rapids, originally for Coolidge or Hoover. FDR continued to use it, even as he re-constructed the Oval Office to the room we know today. He moved the Oval to the corner of the West Wing and added those doors to the outside veranda for greater accessibility in a wheelchair. To think I had thought they were just there so President Bartlet could go out for a quick smoke.
There’s a large collection of impressive artifacts on display, such as this note from Theodore Roosevelt eagerly agreeing to walk his niece down the aisle for her wedding to Franklin. Apparently the area was fairly lousy with Roosevelts!
I also took a tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion, which was also very impressive… but no photos allowed inside. Oh well.