The buzz in the library this week is about the new Ken Burns series on the relationship between Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
THE ROOSEVELTS: An Intimate History
We had a film crew here from Buffalo to add content to a documentary on Theodore, which our own Christopher Kenney was a contributor.
Nine Long Days: TR’s Journey to the White House
Mary Kay, long time volunteer in the Ramsayer Research Library just shared with me her recollection of the announcement of FDR’s death. She was walking home from her piano lesson in 1945 when she heard a loud radio at the corner of 18th & Myrtle in Canton, Ohio. The president was dead.
Another volunteer, Jim Wertz told us the story of how his grandmother was glued to the television when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The family remarked that grandma was spending day and night watching this story unfold. When the family asked their grandma why she was so intrigued, she told them she was comparing JFK’s story with President William McKinley’s death. Jim’s grandma took the interurban from Massillon, Ohio to Canton, Ohio to witness the 25th President’s casket being removed from his funeral train. She most likely saw TR…