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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Dinner Program Signed as President.
    -March 24, 1934. Washington, D.C. 5.5" x 8.5". Heavy, reflective gold coating on outside.
    -Horizontal fold, moderate staining. Good condition.

    "Membership Dinner of the National Press Club in Honor of its Fellow Member Franklin Delano Roosevelt President of the United States". Inscribed "for Betty" above signature on third page. The National Press Club has been a part of Washington, D.C. life for more than 90 years. Its members have included 17 consecutive Presidents of the United States - from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

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    FDR signs the program and dinner menu for the Membership Dinner of the National Press Club, the gold cover of which states that the occasion is "in Honor of its Fellow Member/ Franklin Delano Roosevelt/ President of the United States/ To Mark the Final Celebration of its/ Silver Jubilee (1908-1934)/ and the First Step in Preparation for its/ Golden Jubilee/ Saturday, March 24, 1934." Listing "Breast of Chicken New Deal" on the menu, this terrific 1934 program booklet that also lists the schedule of events for this special evening is signed by FDR: "For Betty – from/ Franklin D. Roosevelt" at top right inside, in pencil. This is a nice and crisp FDR signature, and both signature and card-stock program are in excellent condition with an extra half-fold noted to the latter. The National Press Club program It measures 5 ½ x 8 ½," closed. The National Press Club has been a part of Washington, D.C. life for more than 90 years. Its members have included 17 consecutive Presidents of the United States – from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. Most have spoken from The Club's podium, some to declare their candidacies for the highest office in the land. On March 12, 1908, 32 newspapermen with $300 met in the Gridiron Room of the Willard Hotel (across 14th street from the current location of the National Press Building) and framed a constitution for the National Press Club. The Club founders laid down a credo which promised "to promote social enjoyment among the members, to cultivate literary taste, to encourage friendly intercourse among newspapermen and those with whom they were thrown in contact in the pursuit of their vocation, to aid members in distress and to foster the ethical standards of the profession." The first quarters of the Club on the second floor of 1205 F Street NW were quickly outgrown and in 1909, only a year after The Club's founding, a move was made to a building at the corner of 15th and F Streets, known as Rhodes Tavern. Then, from 1914 to 1927, The Club was located in the Albee Building at 15th and G Streets. When The Club was asked to move from the Albee Building, they negotiated an option on the old Ebbit Hotel at the corner of 14th and F Streets and constructed the current building on the site. The building and The Club were to struggle financially in the Depression, but the Club was on the way to being recognized as one of the world's premier journalistic organizations. Regular weekly luncheons for speakers began in 1932 with an appearance by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. An average of 70 luncheons each year provide a national forum for the views of Presidents, Prime Ministers, business and cultural leaders, members of the Cabinet and Congress. A wonderful, signed and dedicated program booklet by FDR for the National Press Club Silver Jubilee, given in honor of the President of the United States on March 24, 1934.

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    June, 2008
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