FDR’s Study Secretary Desk
The Roosevelt Library is the only Presidential library ever used by a sitting president. When it opened to the public in June 1941, FDR was beginning his third term. He used his private study as a place to conduct government business, receive visitors, and work with his books and papers during his many visits to Hyde Park (totaling over 250 days) during World War II.
After FDR’s death in April 1945, his study was left largely as it was the last day he visited Hyde Park— with several exceptions. Roosevelt family members inherited a few pieces of furniture from the room, including this secretary-desk. On April 20, 2011, the secretary arrived back at the Library, donated through the generosity of Mr. Donald W. Stern, Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, and the Roosevelt Institute. For more information about this acquisition see: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/pdfs/newsletter2011.jul.pdf
Since then, the piece has been carefully cleaned and conserved in order to prepare it for its return to the President’s study. As of the reopening of the Roosevelt Library on June 30, 2013, the secretary has proudly been displayed in its rightful home, just where it sat sixty-eight years ago.
Mei Xiang with her daughter Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
Update: "It’s been a big week for Bao Bao! She got her name on Sunday, thanks to the more than 120,000 votes cast. She now weighs a whopping 12.76 pounds! Keepers have noticed her putting bamboo in her mouth in an exploratory sort of way, though she’s not eating yet.
Mei is beginning to take Bao Bao out of the den and into the large enclosure more frequently, even putting her up on the rockwork and allowing her to climb around on the lower level of the rockwork. The keepers have “baby-proofed” the panda enclosure by putting hay behind the rockwork to cushion any possible falls.
Like any human toddler, Bao Bao is still figuring out how to walk and move. The keepers noted her practicing walking quite a bit yesterday, and by this morning found her walking all over the place. It won’t be long until she’s a pro at all speeds and directions of panda locomotion!”