Historian to speak on FDR book
LaGRANGE — Franklin Roosevelt had a special relationship with Georgia.
Kaye Lanning Minchew will discuss her book “A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 as the next in the Author Talk series sponsored by Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library.
Roosevelt visited Georgia 41 times from 1924 to 1945. Minchew has compiled a collection of stories, eyewitness recollections and photographs of his visits before and during his presidency to Warm Springs, LaGrange and other parts of the state.
Her work traces the role of Georgia people and places in Roosevelt’s life – from a wealthy but polio-stricken New York politician seeking relief from his disease to his rise to the White House and his eventual death at Warm Springs. Roosevelt’s relationship with the people of Georgia, especially poor farmers in West Georgia, is but one aspect of the Georgia-FDR connection, which affected the entire nation.
Minchew, who holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and at Chapel Hill, served as executive director of the Troup County Historical Society in LaGrange from 1985 until 2015 and oversaw operations of the Troup County Archives and Legacy Museum on Main.
She received the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. She was named a Fellow by the Society of American Archivists in 2011 and by the Society of Georgia Archivists in 2009.
Minchew testified before Congress in 2010 about the National Historical Publications and Records Commission on behalf of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators.
She received the Bruce Dearstyne Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators at its annual meeting in July.
A second book, ”Managing Local Government Archives,” co-authored by John Slate, city archivist for Dallas, Texas, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in July.
Now retired, Minchew serves as an archival consultant and lives in LaGrange. Her talk at the library at 115 Alford St. is free and open to the public.