"100 Days" Countdown

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as we provide regularly posted news and information about the new exhibits opening this summer. These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a New Deal to a New Generation.

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"100 Days" Countdown Highlights  |  About the Renovation  |  The New Museum Exhibits  |  Why "100 Days"?


"100 Days" Countdown Highlights

Opening Day (June 30):

WEBCAST  |  Watch the Rededication Ceremony LIVE - 11:00 a.m.

Day 1 (June 29):

WEEKLY RECAP  |  June 21 - June 28

Day 2 (June 28):

ARTICLE: The New York Times  |  Museum Review

ARTICLE: Poughkeepsie Journal  |  "A New Look at the Roosevelts"

ARTICLE: Poughkeepsie Journal  |  Valley View: Library Director Lynn Bassanese

ARTICLE: Daily Freeman  |  "FDR Library/Museum to be Rededicated Sunday"

ARTICLE: Times Herald-Record  |  "FDR Museum to Unveil New Exhibits"

ARTICLE: YNN  |  "Renovated FDR Presidential Library Opens Sunday"

Day 3 (June 27):

WEB FEATURE  |  "FDR Dedicated the First Presidential Library"

Day 4 (June 26):

TUMBLR  |  Meme: Test of Our Progress

Day 5 (June 25):

ARTICLE: Albany Times Union  |  Reopening Fit for a President 

Day 6 (June 24):

BLOG  |  The Historians Committee

Day 7 (June 23):

FACEBOOK  |  PHOTOGRAPH HIGHLIGHT: Family Portrait, 1916

Day 8 (June 22):

FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: FDR's Oval Office Desk

Day 9 (June 21):

WEEKLY RECAP  |  June 14 - June 20

Day 10 (June 20):

YOUTUBE  |  Video Highlight by EYP Architecture & Engineering

Day 11 (June 19):

FACEBOOK  |  Meme: "A Good Habit"

Day 12 (June 18):

TUMBLR  |  Slideshow: The Latest Photos of the New Exhibits

Day 13 (June 17):

TUMBLR  |  Slideshow: Carolyn D. Palmer Sculptures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

Day 14 (June 16):

FACEBOOK  |  PHOTOGRAPH HIGHLIGHT: Mrs. Roosevelt at LaGuardia Airport

Day 15 (June 15):

FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Torah

Day 16 (June 14):

WEEKLY RECAP  |  June 7 - June 13

Day 17 (June 13):

YOUTUBE  |  Video Highlight by EYP Architecture & Engineering

Day 18 (June 12):

TUMBLR  |  Meme: "Hope and a Voice"

Day 19 (June 11):

BLOG  |  AUDIO HIGHLIGHT: Fireside Chat Immersive Environments

Day 20 (June 10):

TUMBLR  |  Slideshow: The Latest Photos of the New Exhibits

Day 21 (June 9):

FACEBOOK  |  PHOTOGRAPH HIGHLIGHT: President Roosevelt visits CCC Camp

Day 22 (June 8):

FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: FDR's 1936 Ford Phaeton

Day 23 (June 7):

WEEKLY RECAP  |  May 31 - June 6

Day 24 (June 6):

YOUTUBE  |  Video Highlight by EYP Architecture & Engineering

Day 25 (June 5):

TUMBLR  |  Meme: "Fist Bump for Social Security"

Day 26 (June 4):

BLOG  |  Confront the Issues

Day 27 (June 3):

  • TUMBLR  |  Penn & Fletcher, Inc. Completes Embroidery Work

Day 28 (June 2):

  • FACEBOOK  |  PHOTOGRAPH HIGHLIGHT: Mrs. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., 1924.

Day 29 (June 1):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: "The Chimes of Normandy"

Day 30 (May 31):

Day 31 (May 30):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Sneak Peek: New Exhibit Installation

Day 32 (May 29):

  • TUMBLR  |  Meme: "This is No Ordinary Time"

Day 33 (May 28):

  • BLOG  |  Clinton on Roosevelt

Day 34 (May 27):

  • FACEBOOK  |  PHOTOGRAPH HIGHLIGHT: FDR Greets 6th Ranger Battalion

Day 35 (May 26):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Publicity Photography Begins - Thomas Kletecka of CollectiveEdit Studios

Day 36 (May 25):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Tiger Claw Jewelry Set

Day 37 (May 24):

Day 38 (May 23):

  • FACEBOOK  |  FDR's Oval Office Desk Interactive

Day 39 (May 22):

  • TUMBLR  |  Meme: "This Generation of Americans"

Day 40 (May 21):

  • FACEBOOK  |  The Scrapbook Interactive

Day 41 (May 20):

  • WAMC: The Roundtable  |  11:12 - 11:28 a.m. NPR Interview with:
    • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair, Roosevelt Institute Board
      and Granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
    • Professor David Woolner, Marist College History Professor
      and Roosevelt Institute Fellow & Hyde Park Resident Historian

Day 42 (May 19):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Marshfield School of Weaving Reproduces Curtains in FDR's Study

Day 43 (May 18):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: FDR's Leg Braces

Day 44 (May 17):

Day 45 (May 16):

  • TUMBLR  |  Slideshow: The Latest Photos of the New Exhibits

Day 46 (May 15):

  • TUMBLR  |  Meme: "Strong and Active Faith"

Day 47 (May 14):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Slideshow: The Sculptures are Back!

Day 48 (May 13):

  • PRESS KIT  |  Full Press Kit Now Available Online!

Day 49 (May 12):

  • WEB FEATURE  |  Diary entry from 1939 Laying of the Library Cornerstone

Day 50 (May 11):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: FDR's Campaign Hat

Day 51 (May 10):

Day 52 (May 9):

  • TUMBLR  |  The Register of Visitors

Day 53 (May 8):

  • TUMBLR  |  Meme: "Hey Dorothy"

Day 54 (May 7):

Day 55 (May 6):

  • TUMBLR  |  Exhibit Installation SNEAK PEEK: "Foundations of a Public Life" Gallery

Day 56 (May 5): 

Day 57 (May 4):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: FDR Sphinx Sculpture

Day 58 (May 3):

Day 59 (May 2):

  • TUMBLR  |  Books Return to FDR's Private Study

Day 60 (May 1):

Day 61 (April 30):

  • BLOG  |  Sneak Peek: New Exhibit Installation

Day 62 (April 29):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Library Lobby Exhibits in Progress

Day 63 (April 28):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Exhibit Installation SNEAK PEEK: "World in Crisis" Theater

Day 64 (April 27):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Dutch Bible

Day 65 (April 26):

Day 66 (April 25):

Day 67 (April 24):

  • TUMBLR  |  Meme: FDR's REA

Day 68 (April 23):

  • BLOG  |  "A Bold and Persistent Staff"

Day 69 (April 22):

  • WAMC: The Roundtable  |  11:12 - 11:28 a.m. NPR Interview with:
    • Herman Eberhardt, Supervisory Museum Curator, Roosevelt Library
    • Steven H. Bressler, Executive Director, Monadnock Media, Inc.

Day 70 (April 21):

Day 71 (April 20):

  • FACEBOOK  | ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Eleanor Roosevelt's Red Cross Uniform

Day 72 (April 19):

Day 73 (April 18): 

  • FACEBOOK  |  Exhibit Installation SNEAK PEEK: Neon & "FEAR"

Day 74 (April 17):

  • TUMBLR  |  Meme: 21st Amendment

Day 75 (April 16):

  • BLOG  |  Sneak Peek: New Exhibits Slideshow

Day 76 (April 15):

  • YOUTUBE  |  Teaser Video Launched

Day 77 (April 14):

Day 78 (April 13):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Fireside Chat Microphone

Day 79 (April 12):

Day 80 (April 11):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Exterior Photos: The Library Courtyard

Day 81 (April 10):

Day 82 (April 9):

  • TUMBLR  |  "Behind the Scenes" Archives Exhibit

Day 83 (April 8):

Day 84 (April 7):

  • WEB FEATURE  |  Diary entry from 1941 Library Dedication

Day 85 (April 6):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Eleanor Roosevelt's typewriter

Day 86 (April 5):

Day 87 (April 4):

  • TUMBLR  |   Photo Highlight: The Books are Back!

Day 88 (April 3):

Day 89 (April 2):

Day 90 (April 1):

Day 91 (March 31):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Exhibit Installation SNEAK PEEK: Painting the Bullseye

Day 92 (March 30):

  • FACEBOOK  |  ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHT: Pince-nez spectacles

Day 93 (March 29):

Day 94 (March 28):

Day 95 (March 27):

Day 96 (March 26):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Exhibit Installation SNEAK PEEK: Pearl Harbor Theater

Day 97 (March 25):

  • WAMC: The Roundtable |  10:10 - 10:25 a.m. NPR Interview with:
    • Lynn Bassanese, Director, FDR Presidential Library
    • Felicia Wong, President and CEO, Roosevelt Institute

Day 98 (March 24):

  • YOUTUBE  |  Library Dedication - June 30, 2941

Day 99 (March 23):

  • FACEBOOK  |  Exhibit Installation SNEAK PEEK: Neon!

Day 100 (March 22):

 


About the Renovation

A full-scale renovation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum began in May 2010. With the exception of two wings added in 1972 in honor of Mrs. Roosevelt, it is the first renovation of the Roosevelt Library since it was opened to the public on June 30, 1941. The project consisted of two phases over three years with a budget of $35 million in federal funding. The renovation brings the Library’s archives and museum up to the National Archives’s standards for the preservation of historic collections, while carefully preserving the building’s historic appearance.

Architect / Engineer
EYP Architecture & Engineering (Albany, New York)

General Contractor
Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management, LLC (Pleasant Valley, New York)


The New Museum Exhibits

New Permanent ExhibitsThe Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum opens new and exciting permanent museum exhibits on June 30, 2013. These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era. The exhibits are being installed with $6 million in private funds raised by the Roosevelt Institute.

New Permanent ExhibitsWhile the museum exhibit space has grown from 9,000 sq. ft. to 12,000 sq. ft., the task of telling an immense story in a small exhibition space remained. Designers embraced the challenge of presenting more presidential history per square foot than any other presidential museum. The new museum experience will be more accessible to people with disabilities than ever before and a bilingual audio tour using current and developing technologies will bring the story of the Roosevelts to more diverse audiences.

Museum Designer
Gallagher and Associates (Silver Spring, Maryland)


Why "100 Days"?

The "100 Days" Countdown is inspired by the historic "First 100 Days" of FDR's presidency. In 1933 President Roosevelt took command of a country that was incapacitated by fear and economic turmoil. In less than four months his aggressive legislative agenda helped to stabilize the economy. Homes and farms were saved from foreclosure, and massive relief and work programs addressed the dire needs of the people. Most important, FDR's "First 100 Days" restored hope and, in the process, preserved democratic government in the United States.


 
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