(serving Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)
The Year of Eleanor Roosevelt
A NYS AAUW project for this year is “NYS AAUW – UN Women: Embracing Eleanor.” Each month the branches are sharing events from Eleanor’s life, notable quotes, and sharing leadership techniques that Eleanor exhibited as portrayed in Robin Gerber’s book, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way. As we are embarking in the Holiday Season, I thought it would be great to share Eleanor’s holidays. The following information has been summarized by Joan Monk, NYS Off Board Special Projects.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Christmas Book
Copyright-1963 by the Estate of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
It is characteristic that Eleanor Roosevelt, who was fondly acclaimed as the first lady of the world, should have had a particular affection for the season of peace and good will toward all men. She loved the writings about Christmas, to which she made her own contributions, and collected her favorites among them to share with others, which are now presented in this volume.
These stories, essays and verses, old and new, come from many lands where Christmas is celebrated: USA, England, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania, Sweden. Included among them are Mrs. Roosevelt’s own descriptions of family Christmases at Hype and in the White House, as well as her charming original tale entitled Christmas. Represented are carols from the repertoire of the UN Singers and such classics as Dickens’ A Christ Carol, which her husband used to read aloud, along with contemporary works, such as Amahl and the Night Visitors, which have recently become traditions of the Christmas scene. From her own wide reading, Mrs. Roosevelt has selected writings from such diverse authors as Heywood Broun, Rachel Field, Anatole, France, Robert Frost, Washington Irving, Selma Lagerlof, F. Van Wyck Mason, O. Henry, Dylan Thomas, William Shakespeare, High Walpole, etc.
With her Christmas Book, Eleanor Roosevelt has left an enduring gift to enrich the season for young and old.
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Co-President of Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown (AGJ) AAUW