June 30, 1941: FDR Dedicates the First Presidential Library
On this day in 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated his presidential library—the first of its kind—in his hometown of Hyde Park, New York. At the ceremony, Roosevelt called the dedication itself “an act of faith” and spoke of the importance of maintaining “the story of what we have lived and are living today” for future generations of Americans.
Previous presidents simply donated their papers and memorabilia to the Library of Congress; however, Roosevelt was concerned about housing all of these important documents in a single location. 12 other presidents have since followed in Roosevelt’s tradition of commissioning private libraries for their collections.
Photo: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Dedication. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY, June 30, 1941
Lots of events going on for the Summer!
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(we are a bit behind!)
May 29th 1953: Hillary and Norgay reach Everest summit
On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain: Mount Everest. Many previous attempts to scale the peak had failed, but New Zealander Hillary and Nepalese Norgay reached the top (29,028 feet) at 11.30am local time on May 29th 1953. Norgay later revealed that Hillary had been the first to step onto the summit. The pair spent only 15 minutes taking pictures at the summit before they began their descent. Norgay left chocolates in the snow as an offering and Hillary left a cross that he had been given by John Hunt (leader of the expedition). News of their success reached London on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation on June 2nd and upon arrival in Kathmandu Hillary and Hunt discovered they had been knighted.
This is so interesting!
Visual collection of world war one photographs superimposed on modern photographs by Peter Macdiarmid.
Lest we forget.
"I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts."
— RIP Maya Angelou
These are super helpful!
Photo by Wallace Kirkland
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