Dear Friend of Roosevelt House:
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck New York, we were in the midst of a wonderful exhibition of photographs from President Roosevelt’s New Deal taken by New Yorker Arthur Rothstein. A powerful pictorial archive of the impact of economic downturn on everyday Americans, this revelatory collection serves also as a reminder of how Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Administration confronted not one but two existential crises in the 1930s and 40s: the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II.
While we have been compelled to close Roosevelt House until further notice, we are pleased now to present the exhibition to you online. Our thanks go to Deborah Gardner, curator/historian of Roosevelt House, who mounted the original in collaboration with The Arthur Rothstein Legacy Project, and Aaron Fineman, Communications Media Manager, who converted it into an online exhibition.
In the weeks and months to come, our goal is to continue serving our students, faculty, and general public with encore programming, new online discussions with experts and authors, and access to the history of Roosevelt House and its celebrated occupants, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
To support these endeavors as a continuing service to those who are sheltered in place, but rely on our many services for their official or continuing education, we invite you to support the House as it strives to pursue its mission in these unprecedented times (please see below).
Many thanks, and all of us at Roosevelt House and Hunter College wish you good health.
Jonathan F. Fanton Director
To all our Roosevelt House participants, visitors, and guests: we are grateful and comforted to know that you remain connected to the Hunter family during this difficult moment in history. As we work to put our programming archive at your disposal, we are also aware that some Hunter students now face daunting challenges regarding lost jobs, diminished income, pending bills, and access to computers and software that will enable them to continue their semesters through Hunter online learning. Please consider supporting Hunter students by making gift to the Coronavirus Emergency Assistance Fund. Thank you. Click Here to Donate to the Coronavirus Emergency Assistance Fund