dinsdag 13 maart 2012

Taphophile Tragics # 12

In 2009 I visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Hyde Park, NY.  The president is buried here on the family estate Springwood in the Rose Garden together with his wife Eleanor.

In the garden is a lovely sculpture of the two, Franklin was born in 1882 and died in 1945, Eleanor was born in 1884 and died in 1962. He was the 32-nd president of the US from 1933-1945.

The family home of Franklin.

 In 1921 Franklin felt ill with poliomyelitis which paralysed his lower torso. He had to use a wheelchair and for that reason another house was built on the estate which had no stairs. The museum is in here and is very interesting with all kind of personal things and the original decorated rooms. Have a look here.

This is my contribution to Taphophile Tragics

10 opmerkingen:

  1. The buildings are so very impressive...as if the Roosevelt souls are lingering in state! But the garden sculpture of the Roosevelts has such a sense of warmth and welcome! So beautifully relaxed! A delightful piece of art!

  2. oh wow. I didn't know this existed in Hyde Park. You must have toured around the houses there? It's supposed to be a pretty neighborhood.

  3. Wat prachtig die beelden van het echtpaar, een mooie plaats om eens te gaan kijken.

  4. The grave looks a bit lonely, sitting as it is in the middle of the field! But the rest of the setting is very nice.

  5. yes, the grave looks so huge in that field! but it looks pretty there...
    i dont really, really like their sculpture...

  6. Kitty,
    I don't remember the neighborhood anymore, we travelled by bus at the time Amsterdam and New York celebrated the 400 years connection. It was organised by a dutch newspaper and we saw some not so touristic locations.

    You don't? I think it is funny, it was as they were sitting there in their own garden. Although I read their marriage was a disaster. So it is fake that they had a good time there.

  7. I've read so much about both of them over the years - love or loathe them, they were certainly interesting characters! I wonder how many of today's politicians would be elected for a 3rd term if constitutions did not prevent it??

  8. I too love that garden statue. Now I'm on my way to see the inside!

  9. That is the sort of museum that I can wallow in. Trying to read everything. The Rooseveldt family were very wealthy as this estate indicates.

    I find the grave out there by itself to be very moving. It involves respect to my way of thinking.

    I do no like the garden statue either, because it paints a rosy picture of their life together as a couple, which it wasn't. They had a political partnership, rather than a marriage.

    Love this contribution to Taphophile Tragics, Marianne. Thank you.