“FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive” opens at Ingram Library on February 11

FDR by Steve Penley  09.10.2012The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library will host the national exhibit “FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive,” which highlights President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s leadership through the Great Depression and World War II and the enduring achievements of his administration.

The exhibit will be on display in the Ingram Library from February 11 through March 8. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit combines historic photographs, documents, cartoons, and posters from the collection of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, to tell the story of the president who led the United States during two of the gravest crises in its history. Roosevelt’s presidency successfully combated the Great Depression, reducing unemployment by half. In the process, it dramatically enlarged the scope of the federal government. Under Roosevelt’s leadership, victory was gained in World War II and the United States emerged from that conflict as the world’s greatest power. The exhibit chronicles Roosevelt’s style of presidential leadership, major New Deal programs, his role as commander-in-chief during World War II, and his commitment to progressive ideals.

FDR--only one of two known photos of him in a wheel chair

The exhibit will also include a display of objects which highlight President Roosevelt’s lengthy residence at The Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. Roosevelt first came to Warm Springs in 1924 for treatment for the infantile paralysis (polio) which had struck him three years earlier. Later, he purchased land and built a home there which came to be called “The Little White House.” FDR traveled to Warm Springs repeatedly during his presidency. He died at The Little White House on April 12, 1945.  For more on FDR’s residency in Warm Springs, please see the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

As part of the exhibition, Ingram Library is also sponsoring a talk by Allan M. Winkler, Professor of History at Miami University in Ohio and author of “Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America.” He will speak on Thursday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Ingram Library. Special public parking will be available in the Townsend Center gated lot, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

“FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive” is a traveling exhibition developed by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and is presented by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society. The project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. Funding is provided, as well, by the Carroll EMC Foundation.

Parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb, and red curb spaces). For further information, visit http://www.westga.edu/library or contact Catherine Hendricks at chendric@westga.edu or
(678) 839-5337.

Images:                                                                                                                                Painting of FDR by Steve Penley, 2012.

Photo of FDR, his dog Fala, and Ruthie Bie in Hyde Park, February 1941.   One of two known photographs of him in a wheelchair.  Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York.

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