Eleanor Roosevelt NHS: A Christmas Carol

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Eleanor Roosevelt Reads: A Christmas Carol

The Eleanor Roosevelt NHS posted this video on their Facebook page last Christmas. The video blends images from Roosevelt Christmases past with a 1952 recording of Eleanor reading excerpts from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It was tradition for the Roosevelts to read passages from the Dickens story at family Christmas gatherings.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

This is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. As the wife of a president disabled by polio, Eleanor Roosevelt played a more prominent role than any of her predecessors. Eleanor often made public appearances on the president’s behalf and was particularly outspoken when advocating for civil rights. She authored a daily newspaper column and hosted a weekly radio show. She became the United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. There she helped to author the Bill of Human Rights.

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Location: 106 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Designation: National Historic Site
Date Designated/Established: 5/27/1977
Date of my visit: 10/3/2018

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Eleanor Roosevelt and JFK met in this room to discuss his election campaign.