Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 3

Not long ago, Michael Kimmelman published an article in the NY Review of Books about the importance of public space, noting that throughout history, public spaces have helped people feel connected to one another. They invite discussion of big and small ideas, they have been a stage for political revolution, and ultimately, they remind us of our shared humanity. Perhaps, most importantly, public spaces create community, "reaffirm[ing] our commonality, our shared sense of place, and our desire to be included." 

This month, we launch our annual membership campaign. Our membership program is different than that of other parks, museums, and cultural institutions. Most of our events and programs are free, and entrance to the Park is always free for everyone. We don't offer many gifts or material goods or exclusive events. Instead, we give everyone the opportunity to experience and access this place. We want everyone to have the opportunity to visit the memorial; we want everyone to join us in a conversation about the meaning of freedom in their lives; and we want everyone to feel included in the public sphere around them. 

By becoming a member of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, you help us create a sense of community and allow anyone who visits the Park to become a part of that community. Your membership allows people like the 64 second-graders from PS110 in Brooklyn who visited last week to experience the place and to feel a deep sense of inclusion in the world around them. Your membership allows us to operate, maintain, and staff the Park so that anyone who wants to visit, year-round, can do so. We hope you will join our membership program this year. 

Two more quick notes: on Saturday April 16, we welcomed our 500,000th and 500,001st visitors to the Park: Paul and Edith from Antwerp, Belgium. This was the couple's first visit to the Park and their first trip to NYC in more than twenty years. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, and City Council Member Ben Kallos joined us at a brief ceremony and spoke about the Park, New York City, and the meaning of the four freedoms. This is a huge milestone for us, and we were thrilled to share it with all who joined us. 

And finally, this month, we launch our 2016 season of public programs and events. Information about the events, from talks and tours about architecture and the meaning of public space, to our health and wellness series, to our music at sunset series is available online here. We encourage you to join us at these events and to share them with your friends and family. 

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. We look forward to seeing you soon and often! 

All the best,

Sally Minard
President & CEO
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

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Upcoming events
Drop-in Yoga
May 2 - August 27, Ages 18+ 
Mondays, 6pm - 7pm: Vinyasa 
Fridays, 6pm - 7pm: Hatha 
Saturdays, 10am - 11am: Vinyasa

Drop-in Kids & Family Yoga
May 5 - June 30, Ages 4-7
Thursday, 4pm - 5pm

Bring your own mat. Suggested donation $5. No registration required. Free for members.
NYS I Love My Park Day
Sat., May 7
10am - 1pm
Ages 13+
Registration required.
Circumnavigation Boat Tour with AIANY
Sat., May 21
$58/adults, $42/students
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Registration required.
$10 off for Conservancy members
Jane's Walk with Roosevelt House & MAS
Sat., May 7
Tours at 12pm & 2pm
No registration required.
Imagination Playground & the Uni Project
Sat. & Sun, May 21 & 22
12pm - 4pm
All ages
No registration required.
Four Freedoms Park Tour:
Past, Present & Future

Sat., May 14
1pm - 1:45pm
Registration recommended.

Except as noted, all events are free thanks to the generous support of people like you. 

Register for events & learn more here

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Freedom from Fear Project, Setsuko Winchester

If you love Four Freedoms Park, history, architecture, design, or another subject related to the memorial and are interested in guest blogging, we’d love to hear from you! Please email and tell us about your blog post idea.

Above: Frances Perkins, U.S. secretary of labor, meets with U.S. Steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, to answer questions about New Deal labor policy, 1933. FDRL
We were thrilled to read, recently, that Harriet Tubman will appear on the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson; the anti-slavery activist will be the first African-American to appear on U.S. paper currency, and the first woman in over a century. (Pocahontas appeared on the $20 bill in 1865, and Martha Washington appeared on the $1 silver certificate throughout the 1890s.)

Women on 20s, a non-profit, grassroots organization, helped to propel this initiative forward, nominating 100 accomplished American women based on their contributions to society and the level of difficulty they experienced trying to pursue them. In addition to the many incredible and talented women they nominated, from Rosa Parks to Eleanor Roosevelt, they also put forth Frances Perkins' name. Perkins was a long-time colleague of FDR, four-time labor secretary, and the first woman to serve in the U.S. cabinet. She drafted the Social Security Act of 1935, and was a champion of workers' rights, establishing unemployment benefits, and defining the 40-hour work week. 

An excerpt from, Frances Perkins: Madam Secretary follows. 

There had never been a woman in the cabinet before Frances Perkins. Moreover, all previous secretaries of labor had come with strong ties to a specific union. Perkins did not. Political cronies traditionally staffed the labor department. Perkins replaced them and refused to let political or union affiliation define qualifications for employment on her staff.

Like Franklin D. Roosevelt, she appreciated unions but thought the best way to improve workers' lives was to raise wages, shorten hours, and ensure safe workplaces—often through protective regulation. She wanted working Americans to feel respected and to have the ability to buy what they needed.

This approach—together with her refusal to make politically motivated appointments and her well-known dislike of the press—made Perkins an unusual labor secretary.

Initially, none of the labor leaders, members of the press, or senior labor department staff expected her to last longer than a few months. When they met with her, they stumbled. They could not even agree on how they should address her. Call me "Madam Secretary," Perkins replied.

Madam Secretary led the department for twelve years and helped FDR revolutionize America's attitude toward workers and organized labor.

Continue the story here. is made possible by its lead donor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 
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Event Image, Courtesy Sean Cheah / Quixxle Photogray
Jane's Walk, Courtesy, MAS. Photo by Giles Ashford.
Boat Tour, Courtesy Sail NYC
Freedom from Fear Project, Courtesy, Setsuko Winchester

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.  Membership categories and benefits are subject to change.  A copy of our last filed financial report may be obtained by contacting us at 1110 2nd Ave, Ste 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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