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2020 Spring Semester



The Roosevelts of Hyde Park

Instructor: Mike Bell

Fridays • 3/20-5/15 • 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Class size 15-25 students
-6 seats remaining
Location: Jewett 190


Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are two of the most consequential people in American history. This class will examine their lives and their role in shaping America and the world as we know it.

A special feature of the classes, (both Monday and Friday) will be a presentation at the Lithgow Library by author Kathryn Smith on Wednesday, April 29. She will offer a living history program about Marguerite “Missy” LeHand, FDR’s private secretary, the subject of Smith’s popular book, “The Gatekeeper”.  “Missy” LeHand is generally considered the first and only female presidential chief of staff.

In addition to Smith’s presentation, the FDR Library is interested in hosting a video tour of the house at Hyde Park for the class.

This class is also offered on Mondays.



Mike Bell loves American history! With a Master’s degree in both history and teaching, and an undergrad degree in Political Science; he has enjoyed a varied career in teaching and historical interpretation. Mike appeared on a History Channel special about PT 109 and for over 20 years portrayed many historical figures, including Butch Cassidy and Sam Houston.