The Birth of Presidential Libraries with Dr.Cynthia Koch the Director of the FDR Library

Our guest is Cynthia M. Koch, who is Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.  The Roosevelt Library is the nation’s first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president.  It includes 17 million pages of archival material and museum collections serving annually more than 125,000 researchers, museum visitors and students. The Roosevelt Library is one of the nation’s twelve presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Our subject is “FDR and the Birth of Presidential Libraries and how these institutions are important tools in our ability to understand our government and how it works.”

Download | Duration: 00:52:52

Dr. Koch is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and she holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University.

Previously Dr. Koch was Associate Director of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community, a national public policy research group at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was Director of the National Historic Landmark Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey, where she led a $10.3 million project of capital restoration and museum development.

In addition to her dissertation, The Virtuous Curriculum: Schoolbooks and American Culture 1785-1830, she is the author or editor of numerous articles in professional and scholarly books and journals. Dr. Koch lives in Clinton Corners, New York with her husband, Eliot Werner, president of Eliot Werner Publications, and their two cairn terriers.  



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