Roosevelt’s Little White House plans Labor Day weekend speakers and tours | Arts & Culture
Franklin Roosevelt’s Presidential retreat in western Georgia will celebrate FDR’s legacy with special programs throughout the Labor Day Weekend.
A series of programs will be presented on Saturday August 31 and September 1, 2013 at Roosevelt’s Little White House to honor the memory of our late President.
“Roosevelt Days” sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Roosevelt’s Little White House, will include several guest speakers presenting “Roosevelt’s Rail Travels”, “Eleanor’s Contributions”, “History of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation”, “A New Deal for the American People” and “The History of the Walk of States.”
Historic Site officials will also be offering guided tours of the Little White House and Memorial Museum on Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. Tom Wentland of Columbus, Georgia will portray Sir Winston Churchill. The living history program will reflect on the sacrifices of liberty, made by millions, to win a war against tyranny. Performances will take place in the museum theater on Saturday at 11 a.m., 12p.m., and 2 p.m. EST.
Jeff Clemmons, author of "Rich's: A Sourthern Institution" will offer a presentation over a special luncheon on Saturday at noon. Clemmons will recall the history of Rich's, Georgia's and the South’s iconic department store. A southern style buffet lunch will be provided as part of the lecture, which will be followed by a book signing. Reservations are required for the luncheon.
"Students are encouraged to visit as well as teachers as this fits right in with the Georgia Performance Standards," according to Brian Roslund, president of the Friends of Roosevelt’s Little White House. "The Little White House also provides opportunities for Boy and Girl Scouts to complete some of their merit badges."
“We have a talented group of guest speakers and invite everyone to join us on this special day.” Roslund said.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in the Memorial Museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford with hand controls. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it.
Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site, located in Warm Springs, Georgia is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST daily. For more information call (706) 655-5870 or visit; www.gastateparks.org/littlewhitehouse.
General admission for Roosevelt Days is $8-$12. Reservations are required for luncheon and guided tours only which include an additional fee.
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