Throwback Thursday: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Rochester visit

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The History Center of Olmsted County gives us a look back at our local past every Thursday.

On this Throwback Thursday, Eleanor Roosevelt visits Rochester.

On September 14, 1938, crowds gathered at the band shell in Mayo Park to watch a song and dance program put on by the children of Rochester.

This particular performance was made more memorable by the appearance of Eleanor Roosevelt, who was in town with her son while he underwent an operation at St. Marys Hospital.

The thrilled children reportedly made many requests for Mrs. Roosevelt to say a few words, so as seen here, she gladly took the stage to greet the children and their audience, saying, “I think I shall have to confine myself to telling you what a pleasure it is to come here and see and hear you dance and sing.”

Eleanor Roosevelt in Rochester
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