Cherry Blossom Festival, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, Fourth of July, City of Water Day and Fall Arts Festival at FDR Four Freedoms Park.
Four Freedoms State Park hosted high school juniors from the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum’s Youth Leadership Institute for a day-long educational workshop.
Seventy-six years ago today on the precipice of the United States' entry to the Second World War, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address. In that speech, he shared his vision for a better world, a vision founded by interconnected human rights: the freedoms of religion and speech and from want and fear.
I am honored to introduce myself as the new CEO of Four Freedoms Park. I come to the Conservancy from Grameen America, a national nonprofit that provides support and small loans to women, where I served as Senior Vice President. While there, I traveled the country and spoke with women about building their own businesses in order to send their children to better schools, save for unexpected emergencies, or buy quality health insurance. Again and again, these women told me they wanted something simple, something embodied in Roosevelt’s 1941 speech: “freedom from want...."
We recently learned that one of our volunteers, Charles Schwarz, passed away. Charlie, as he was known to us, joined the Four Freedoms Park community in early 2014, quickly becoming one of the most steadfast and loyal members of our volunteer group.