Museum hosts 'An Evening with FDR' at Pleasanton Firehouse tonight

Peter Small takes to stage as America's 32nd president

Pleasanton will play host to a discussion of one of America's most recognizable presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt, at 7 p.m. tonight as part of the Museum on Main's recurring speaker series at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Peter Small will take to the stage as the 32nd U.S. president for a one-man performance about the leader who guided the country through the Great Depression and into World War II.

Elected president at the depth of the Depression in 1932, Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves, promising prompt action and asserting in his inaugural address, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," museum organizers noted.

Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented four terms as president and served in office until his death in 1945 at the age of 63.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors (65 and older) and students (with valid identification), and $5 for members. They can be purchased online at, by phone at 462-2766 or in person at Museum on Main, 603 Main St.

The museum is open weekly Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jun 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Unfortunately, President Roosevelt was NOT loyal to his wife and entered into a sexual relationship with a close female employee.

If the story doesn't unravel the mess he created, I'm not interested viewing anything that is a pack lies. President was a liar, a cheat, and a sneak.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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Interesting comment.

There were a lot of women in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's life. The most prominent was his mother Sara. Eleanor was Franklins only wife, (Eleanor was also A cousin to Franklin) they had five children.

When Eleanor learned of Franklins affair with Lucy Mercer, she offered to divorce. Sara, Franklins mother, said no. You work it out, get on with your life's.

Franklin agreed to end the affair, Eleanor agreed to never again share Franklins bed.

Lucy Mercer later married Winthrop Rutherfurd, a single father of five children.

Continuing, Franklin was romantically linked with Margaret 'Missy' LeHand, Margaret 'Daisy' Suckley (another cousin to Franklin), Princess Martha of Sweden, Dorothy Schiff, publisher New York post.

Franklins son Elliot confirmed the 'Missy' and Franklin affair. Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd was with Franklin when he died.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

FDR was certainly not a stellar husband but he was a great president. I'm not sure anyone could have done a better job dealing with the Depression and WWII. His own fight with polio was also inspirational to many with disabilities.

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