The FDR Library at Hyde Park is a treasure trove of information. This week I listened to some of the radio broadcasts First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt did for the Pan American Coffee Bureau. On November 9, 1941 Mrs Roosevelt is asked about a visit from the Dutch Princess Juliana (who had left the Netherlands during the war) and her two daughters Princess Beatrix and Princess Irene to the house at Hyde Park. She said....
Eleanor Roosevelt on Education:
"What one should try to do, is to develop an attitude of mind which makes people want to learn and to know
and then give them the tools so that whatever they want to know all through life they are able to master
because they've learned to use certain tools."
Dr. Rosemary Parks, President of Connecticut College for Women:
"That would be the definition of a liberal education"
Eleanor Roosevelt Program, August 14, 1951
Program number 180 of the Eleanor Roosevelt (June 19, 1951) has a separate track with sponsor announcements read by the Program announcer, Ben Grauer. One of the messages is for Juliana Cheese. "A brand new cheese with an old world flavor. Newly arrived from the heart of Holland, Juliana is.....
The January 1, 1951 edition of the Eleanor Roosevelt Program (Program 59) included a long message from Mrs Roosevelt to the United Nations troops serving in Korea, as well as messages for world peace from six world leaders: Ambassador Herman Santa Cruz from Chile, French Prime Minister Rene Plevin, India's Sir Benegal Rau, Israëli Ambassador Aubrey Eban, General Carlos Romulo of the Philippines and Sir Gladwyn Jebb of Great Britain.
On January 1st 1951, Mrs Roosevelt's New Year's Message was one of hope in the face of the despair and fear she saw in the world. The message could have equally applied to 2014:
"I think this New Year's Day everyone of us should pledge ourselves to work as we have never worked before
for the preservation of peace with honor and to begin to work out the problems that are basic. The misery of the
world must be alleviated." (My Day, January 1, 1951)
This week the UCR/RSC Research Interns, Monique Kil and Jennifer Pistoor presented on their research to groups of MA students from Utrecht University and BA students from Amsterdam University. Jennifer explained what it's like to work with radio programs and to write out transcripts. Monique focused on the content of her research paper which covered the way ER communicated with her female listeners. Their presentations were extremely well received.
Photos of Mrs Roosevelt's Visit to the island of tholen
Eleanor Roosevelt went to the village of Oud-Vossemeer on the island of Tholen. These photographs are available in the Zeeuwse Beeldbank, administered by the Zeeuws Library (Zeeuwse Bibliotheek). http://beeldbank.zeeuwsebibliotheek.nl/
Anefo-fotoarchief, numbers 28105, 28106 and 28107.
In June 1950 Eleanor Roosevelt visited the island of Tholen, where it is said the Roosevelt family ancestors came from. Again, the My Day column is an excellent starting point to read more about this. In her column of Thursday 22nd June, Mrs R writes how two days earlier she had gone to Tholen:
This is a poor part of Holland but it was certainly in gala dress. All the people in the little town were out to greet us before the city hall. We went through the old Roosevelt House and then to the city hall, where speeches were made by several Burgomasters who claim to have connections with the Roosevelt family.
We were presented with souvenirs and had a very pleasant picnic luncheon with them. It was the first time that I ate the famous Dutch delicacy of raw fresh herring just slightly salted. The cherries are just ripe and where you see a flag flying by an orchard you may stop, pay a small sum, and pick and eat as many cherries as you wish!
After lunch we visited the old church where there is a silver font basin given by a member of the Roosevelt family, and a chandelier given by another member of the family who was a teacher in this little town. Roosevelts from the whole area came to greet us, some thirty or forty strong, but, unfortunately, they could not speak a great deal of English so our conversations were limited.
A few of the women wore the native costume of Tholen which is really very attractive, particularly the headdress.
Thanks to Ann Kennedy for posting the comment about the My Day Columns and referring to the Haddock and Dill Blog that talks about a meeting with Mrs Roosevelt in March 1943 at the Yale Dames Annual Meeting. The description of Mrs R is as follows:-
"She's awfully homely when she's serious but she smiles most of the time and is lovely. Her voice is rather high pitched."
It made me think that there must be other such precious recollections of people who met Eleanor Roosevelt (besides the ones from VIPs and friends that are in the FDR library and copies of some of the thousands of letters that people wrote to Mrs R.. I'd love to find more of these descriptions that people have kept in diaries or send in letters to their friends and loved-ones.
Photo of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt on the Domplein in Utrecht, after the ceremony in which she was awarded an honorary degree. On the right is the rector-magnificus (vice-chancellor) of Utrecht University, Prof. U.G. Bijlsma; behind Mrs Roosevelt is Prof. S. van Brakel.
vervaardiger: Algemeen Pers-Fotografie Bedrijf (fotograaf)
This photo and several others are available in the Utrecht Archive: