It’s not just homes that show off renovations in the spring. This week the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in nearby Hyde Park completed a massive three-year project that brought its archive and exhibit space forward several decades and up to current standards.
A ceremony was held this past Sunday and visitors are now welcome.
This was the first major renovation of the library/museum since it opened in 1941. It is considered the first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Roosevelt directed its design and spoke at its opening ceremony. The library and museum has had minor renovations and two additions built in 1972, but nothing as major as this project, said the museum.
The $35 million project consisted of two phases that brings the library’s archives and museum up to the National Archives’ standard for preservation of historic collection, while preserving the building’s historic appearance, said press materials.
New permanent museum exhibits telling the story of the Roosevelt presidency are being installed with $6 million in private funds from the Roosevelt Institute. It has interactive displays with touch screens, audio-visual theaters showing the famous Fireside Chats, and a recreation of FDR’s map room from the White House.
“As generations of Americans with no personal memory of the Roosevelt Era emerge, it is more critical than ever that the lives and legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt be preserved and presented to new generations,” reads the press release.
For information about visiting the library or museum and for photos of the renovation work, go to the website.