Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hyde Park, New York

This is a follow-up to yesterdays "Day of Infamy" blog. The Soil Conservation Service Annual Meeting was held at Saratoga Springs, New York in 1978. We drove up from Washington, D.C.; met friends along the way and visited Hyde Park. The picture shows Elaine, Hank and Whitey at the front of the house overlooking the Hudson river. While there, we visited the Museum where I bought a 2-volume compilation of FDR's "Conservation" papers which have been most valuable to me over the years. In the museum, under glass, was the original manuscript of his "Infamy" speech. It was typed on a legal size yellow pad with some handwritten editing shown. The word "forever" was the original word, crossed out and replaced with Infamy.
Closup view of FDR's handwriting on the Day of Infamy Speech
My Journal entry for that date, October 1,1978, includes the comment. "We spent about 3 hours there. Most interesting. Surprised at his personal editing of such things as his, 'day of infamy' ''.

The picture to the right was pulled today from the FDR Museum web site.

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