April 25, 2011

Visiting the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Last week, I told you about my trip to the Culinary Institute of America, where I had been invited to address the 2011 graduates.  After leaving the CIA, I paid a visit to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, also located in Hyde Park, New York.  FDR was one of our greatest Presidents and I was very curious to see this place.  I was struck with its beautiful setting, overlooking the majestic Hudson River.  While touring the library, I was fascinated to learn that they have the actual President’s desk from the Roosevelt Oval Office.  I was also struck by the modesty of this rather large period home.  It certainly was comfortable, but not overly fancy.  This was FDR’s parent’s home, where he grew up, and where he and his wife, Eleanor, lived and were ultimately buried upon the grounds in a beautiful rose garden.

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