Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 9

One of my favorite quotes by President Franklin D. Roosevelt is a simple, yet powerful, observation. It is not a call to action or a condemnation of practice, but a meditation on the practice of hope: "We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon." 

Lately, we have been asked to call upon this hope many times. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino, or following the other 355 mass shootings in the US; in the wake of threats to freedoms in Chicago, Syria, Nigeria and beyond; in the wake of those who challenge one's right to marry, to pray, to earn an honest wage, and to live without fear; and in the wake of the events that don't make headlines but threaten universal human rights, we turn to this hope, belief, and conviction that there is a better world... a world within our reach.  

It is, as Roosevelt stated nearly 75 years ago, "no vision for a distant millennium." Now more than ever we must seek to pursue the four freedoms - freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear - and challenge those who deny them. This is the moral obligation set forth by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt more than seven decades ago, and our best chance to secure a better world. 

January 6, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of FDR's Four Freedoms speech. We will be celebrating and honoring this speech and its legacy throughout the year. Our goal is to initiate a conversation about the meaning of freedom. There are many ways to get involved in the year-long celebration of this anniversary, and we look forward to sharing them with you soon. If you would like to be involved in helping fund this initiative, please email me directly at

I am sure your inboxes (like ours!) are flooding with end-of-year greetings and invitations, so I want to end this newsletter with three quick notes. 

1. This week, the United Nations will celebrate Human Rights Day (see details below) at the Park. The theme of this year's Human Rights Day is the 'Freedoms', and will include speeches from four speakers on what the four freedoms mean today. We hope you can join us!
2. 2015 has been a year filled with many firsts: a presidential candidate launched her campaign at the Park, April was the first month we received more than 20,000 visitors in a single four week period, in February we launched an entire website dedicated to sharing the life and legacy of FDR, and on our third anniversary, the Park was included on google maps, so that people around the world can virtually tour the memorial. We would love to hear about your favorite moments from 2015 - shoot us an email, a tweet, a 'gram, or a letter and let us know what you enjoyed best and how we can improve for next year. 

3. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our annual fundraising appeal this year! We greatly appreciate your support. There is still time to make a 
tax-deductible donation to the Park. Your support of the Conservancy will strengthen our educational and public programming and preserve this inspiring memorial for the benefit of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.

As always, please let us know if you have questions or ideas to make the Park even better, or if you simply wish to say hello. Thank you for being a part of our community – we look forward to seeing you at the Park soon and often! 

All the best,

Sally Minard
President & CEO
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

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The United Nations is holding a flower-laying ceremony at the Park in honor of International Human Rights Day, which will honor the memories of President Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and their contributions to the United Nations, particularly in its work on human rights.

Free refreshments served. All ages welcome.

Great Performances chefs show you how to make unique tasty bites direct from their holiday recipe repertoire. Go home with some tasty bites you made from scratch and recipes you can use anytime of the year. All ages welcome. FREE!

Pre-registration recommended.
Workshops capped at 25 ppl.
“You have no fireside?” a puzzled Groucho Marx exclaimed. “How do you listen to the president’s speeches?” -

Last fall, many of our staff members faithfully tuned into the hit podcast Serial each week, listening to, rather than watching or reading, the drama unfold. Discussions on Tuesdays quickly turned to the Nisha Call, cell phone towers, and Jay's real motivations. It was a gripping few months of radio. The success of this show and others -This American Life America, Radio Lab, and the Moth - prompted New York Magazine to declare an American renaissance of radio

Of course, one of the first and the biggest proponents of this medium was President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself. Shortly after his inauguration, FDR announced that he had "a like duty to convey to the people themselves a clear picture of the situation in Washington itself whenever there is a danger of any confusion as to what the government is undertaking.” Thus began a legacy of famous radio addresses—FDR's “fireside chats.”

More than two-thirds of Americans tuned into these speeches—in fact movie theaters adjusted their showtimes so they could pipe the president’s voice in to their audiences. FDR used his 31 fireside chats, roughly 2-3 each year, to explain his position to the American public, educating them on critical issues, and explaining how his policies could help solve these problems. 

No other President, before or after, has had as much success on the radio as FDR. His intimate radio style made friends of his listeners and created a lasting impact on the American public. Learn more about FDR's fireside chats here

Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a radio greeting to the Boy Scouts of America;and to the country;on February 7, 1938. FDR created a sense of intimacy in his broadcast addresses that joined Americans to one another. Here, he urged scouts to learn all about other people your neighbors and their problems, the people who live in the other end of town and their problems, the people who live in the next town and their problems, those who live in the next State and their problems in other words, the problems of every part of the United States. LOC is made possible by its lead donor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 
Photo by Gigi_NYC
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions help to further the mission of the Conservancy and are tax-deductible as provided by law. A copy of our last filed financial report may be obtained by contacting us at 1110 2nd Ave, Suite 301, New York, NY 10022, 212-204-8831 or by contacting the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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