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Renovated FDR Presidential Library opens Sunday

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Albany/HV: Renovated FDR Presidential Library opens Sunday
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HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- We got a sneak peak Thursday inside the newly renovated Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

The FDR is the first presidential library built in the United States. It was built under the direction of the 32nd president back in 1939.

Since it was built more than 70 years ago, it was in need of a facelift.

A full-scale renovation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum began in May 2010. The $35 million renovation brings the library’s archives and museum up to the National Archives standards for the preservation of historic collections, while carefully preserving the building’s historic appearance.

The museum's renovation was designed with a special purpose in mind.

"When he dies on April 12th, 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage, it was a huge shock to the public. So what we decided to do was present it in the way it came to the public. So you're going through the exhibit and you come around a corner and suddenly you encounter a gigantic blowup about eight feet high of the front page of the newspaper announcing FDR is dead," said Museum Curator Herman Eberhargt.

If you want your chance to see what's new, you can get your chance this weekend.
It opens, this Sunday.

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