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Posted on: January 27, 2015


The Brookings Public Library announces the fourth year of its successful series of programs called A Life Explored (ALE) which examines in depth the life of one individual. The 2015 ALE individual will be Eleanor Roosevelt. Programs about her life will be featured from February to April.

The longest serving First Lady of the United States, an activist, politician, and diplomat, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt born on the Oyster Bay side of the Roosevelt family and niece of Theodore Roosevelt. Orphaned at the age of 10, she was raised by her maternal grandmother. Shy and awkward as a child, she went on to marry her fifth cousin (once removed) Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the Hyde Park branch of the Roosevelts. She was the mother of six children.

The first ALE program will be on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 pm, featuring Dr. Charles Vollan, Associate Professor of History at SDSU, who will give us insight into Eleanor Roosevelt’s effect on politics and American history. Come join us as we begin explore the life of Eleanor Roosevelt with this dynamic speaker.

Other programs planned for the spring include a presentation of the PBS episode of American Experiences: Eleanor Roosevelt on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm.

On Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm, there will be a discussion of the book, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, telling her story through her own words.

The exploration of Mrs. Roosevelt’s life will conclude on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 pm as scholar/presenter Susan Marie Frontczak presents a one-hour historic re-enactment entitled “What We Are Fighting For” Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Library at (605) 692-9407.

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