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MS 8th graders visit FDR Library & Museum

on April 28, 2016

WVMS Grade 8 trip to FDR home & libraryWarwick Valley Middle School 8th graders had the pleasure of visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park this past week.

Students were amazed by the seemingly endless number of artifacts and information about the former President and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Eighth graders were guided around the beautiful campus to view the library and museum, investigate and critique primary documents and visit the historic home.

Our visit to the recently renovated and updated museum began in a main lobby filled with original letters written to the President himself. On both floors, we saw political cartoons, videos and all sorts of interactive displays all about the president, his wife, and the legacy of his presidency. A few items included Eleanor Roosevelt’s typewriter, a replica of FDR’s desk, a display dedicated to his dog Fala, and a great deal more. Students marveled at the historical significance of these artifacts, having studied this particular period of history in Social Studies classes.

WVMS Grade 8 trip to FDR home & libraryThe morning continued with an investigation of documents from the beginnings of World War I. Students looked carefully at dates and details, seeing firsthand evidence of the close friendship President Roosevelt had with Sir Winston Churchill.

The tour continued with a closer look into the life and accomplishments of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her active involvement in helping poverty-stricken families, as well as being a pivotal piece of the beginnings of the civil rights movement. The day concluded with a tour of FDR’s home.

WVMS Grade 8 trip to FDR home & libraryThe trip was a great success, even though students felt there was, “too much stuff, not enough time!”

Hopefully, this trip will inspire students to return for another visit to this historic site honoring some of the most important figures in modern-day American history.

 

 

 

 

 

WVMS Grade 8 trip to FDR home & library

WVMS Grade 8 trip to FDR home & library

 

WVMS Grade 8 trip to FDR home & library

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