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Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 1:31pm Age: 176 days
Category: Middle School, District

8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP: FROM BOOK LEARNING TO HISTORICAL EVIDENCE


There is nothing like artifacts and physical places to connect us to history and historic figures.

What revealing small objects might a famous president have kept on his desk? What landscape did he look upon from his office window as he pondered his most consequential decisions?  

Culminating a social studies unit on the dramatic era of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency – including the Great Depression and World War II – Minisink’s eighth graders enjoyed a visit to the FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, May 17 and 18.  

Their tour began in the house where Roosevelt was born and raised, where he raised his own family, and where he lived for the better part of his presidency. In the museum, students explored interactive exhibits, viewed primary resources and seldom seen memorabilia, and watched a short film on Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt in an immersive audio‐visual theater. Students also visited the garden where FDR was laid to rest.

"It was interesting to see how he [FDR] kept his desk and all the little things he kept on it," Jacqueline Geller said.


With balmy spring weather, everyone enjoyed a bagged lunch outdoors, and had the opportunity to browse the gift shop.

"It was a great experience to see how life was for FDR back then," Kalina Linares said.

You too can enjoy a virtual tour of the FDR historic site.