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BREAKING NEWS: The Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum is under attack from the Worcester City Manager’s Office! Without consulting us in any way, the City Manager’s office has signed a lease with a company to take over large portions of the second floor of Union Station, including the space occupied by our nonprofit museum of American history, which means that we are being evicted. We have also been told we have until the end of July, 2007 to move out. Please visit our Emergency Action Page to help us defeat this attempt to attack the legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal!
SAVE THE FDR CENTER MUSEUM!
The purpose of the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center, Inc. is to provide educational and other learning opportunities concerning Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, with focus on the New Deal in American history during the 1930s and 1940s, the continued importance and relevance of the New Deal legacy in the world today, and to promote dissemination of such topics to the public. The Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center is a charitable, not for profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status. For more information please contact Dr. Joseph J. Plaud.
During the past three years the FDR Center Museum has become a major cultural resource to the citizens of greater Worcester, Massachusetts, including New England and many areas around the country whose citizens have visited our museum of American history. In a recent article published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette chronicling our imminent demise, Julie A. Jacobson, assistant city manager, was quoted as saying that we had ample opportunity to remain at Union Station, and that we knew for years that our time would be up as tenants in this beautiful building. These statements are not true, supported by a July 11, 2006 Telegram & Gazette article about the FDR Center Museum in which Ms. Jacobson told the reporter that “The museum and the city will revisit the arrangement in a year’s time.” The sad story here is that the City Manager’s office at no time approached our museum to renegotiate the lease, never offered us any means to stay at Union Station, and only informed us of the new tenant arrangement several hours before the deal was announced to the media. Those are the facts. I wonder whether there is some anti-New Deal sentiment in City Hall manifesting itself in this behavior? But this is all a side story. The more important issue is this: the people of greater Worcester, the people of New England, and indeed the citizens of America will in all probability lose a major social and cultural institution, and a public building renovated with over thirty million dollars of taxpayers’ money will become a glorified private office building. Worcester and its people deserve better. Please read the May 9, 2007 letter sent to Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Worcester) concerning our urgent plight.
What you can do to help:
Contact the Worcester City Manager’s Office and voice your concerns about their short-sighted and inexcusable behavior:
Michael V. O’Brien, City Manager, City Hall Room 309 – 455 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 – (508) 799-1175
Send a Letter to the Editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (250 words or less):
The Editor, The Worcester Telegram and Gazette – 20 Franklin St., Box 15012, Worcester, MA 01615-0012 – (508) 793-9100; Fax: (508) 793-9313; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support of the legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal!
During the past three years in which our Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum and its programs have been in full operation, I have never come to you for financial assistance. Even though we are a non-profit, charitable organization with IRS 501(c)3 status — meaning that all contributions to the FDR Center Museum are fully tax-deductible — I have been shouldering the financial pressures of keeping the FDR Center Museum open and thriving largely myself. If we are to survive our current state of affairs we will need financial assistance, and immediately. To paraphrase Winston S. Churchill?s urgent message to President Roosevelt, appealing to FDR for American cooperation and assistance in Britain?s fight against Nazi tyranny during the early days of World War II: ?In the long history of the world, this is a thing to do now!? It is our goal to raise $50,000 by June 30, 2007, and all funds raised will go directly to the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum for three primary purposes:
1. To prepare for what appears to be the inevitability of a major move of our FDR Center Museum out of Worcester’s Union Station to a new location; 2. To assist in having funds available for basic operations once we have identified an appropriate facility in which to move; 3. To assist with any legal bills that may accumulate as a function of dealing with the City of Worcester relating to the events surrounding the termination of our lease, effective July 31, 2007.
Again, I emphasize that the FDR Center Museum is a 501(c)3 organization, therefore all contributions to the FDR Center are fully tax-deductible. We have a goal of raising at least $50,000 before the beginning of July, 2007. These funds will serve the urgent need to assist us in this unfortunate situation that has developed during the past three weeks which is beyond our control, but for the ability for us to use this crisis as an opportunity to move the FDR Center Museum and thrive in the long-term in order to promote the legacy of the New Deal, especially to students. I am truly hoping that you can assist us, by contributing to the FDR Center Museum at this critical times as well as in getting the word out and networking with others to address this urgent fundraising goal. I hope you too join our FDR Center Museum as a member. It’s easy, just go to:
I really look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks so much. Your tax-deductible gift to the FDR Center Museum (checks can be made out to the FDR American Heritage Center) should be sent to:
Dr. Joseph J. Plaud
FDR American Heritage Center
44 Hickory Lane
Whitinsville, MA 01588-1356
Credit card donations can be made by clicking on the “Make a Donation” button our our webpage at http://www.fdrheritage.org/help.htm. I cannot emphasize strongly enough the urgent necessity of this appeal to assist us at this critical hour. You know that I have not come to you before asking for any contributions to keep this noble endeavor in full operation. However, given what has befallen us of late, I simply cannot fight this battle alone, either financially or in terms of social support, and urgently ask for your help. Thank you so much in advance for this assistance. Please also pass along this note to your friends and colleagues, and assist us in reaching our emergency fund-raising goal.
Joseph J. Plaud, Ph.D., BCBA
President and Founder
Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum
Office: (508) 579-0043
Facsimile: (508) 526-8787