Visiting Eleanor Roosevelt…sort of

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Isabel and Lori had a most interesting visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, located in Hyde Park, NY. They loved every aspect of the tour but were truly moved by the home Eleanor Roosevelt created because it reflected perfectly her extraordinary personality and the quality of her mind and heart. She was the consciousness of FDR and of the nation. Long before such issues were popular, she fought for equality and justice in America and to to end racism and poverty for women and children. She was instrumental in drafting the Declaration of Human Rights and was so respected that dignitaries from all over the world came to visit her. It is easy to imagine all those powerful men in Eleanor’s modest living room or sitting at her small oval table.

After a full day of being transported to the world of FDR and Eleanor—including the difficult times in which they lived and the world they helped to shape—Isabel and Lori had dinner at the home of David Roosevelt, the couple’s grandson, where he lives with his wife, Manuela, and their little girls, Isabel and Grace. They live in a large haunted house that has been in the family for generations. At night, they say, they hear ghosts who play the piano, sing and bang doors. Everyone, including the family’s three dogs, simply ignores them.


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