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New for 2024! Join the Research Center for our NEW book club.

If you are interested in history – whether it is local, regional, or national history – the Center has an exciting and fun new activity scheduled for 2024. The SCHRC is launching a new book club that will have a historical theme.

FDR's Funeral Train book

The group will start by examining Robert Klara’s “FDR’s Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance” (2010). Participants are responsible for obtaining their own books.

The first book club meeting will be on Thursday, January 25, 2024, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Please register using the form below or call (920) 467-4667.



About FDR’s Funeral Train: In April 1945, the funeral train carrying the body of Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked on a three-day, thousand-mile odyssey through nine states before reaching the president’s home where he was buried. Many who would recall the journey later would agree it was a foolhardy idea to start with – putting every important elected figure in Washington on a single train during the biggest war in history.

For the American people, of course, the funeral train was just that – the train bearing the body of deceased FDR. It passed with darkened windows; few gave thought to what might be happening aboard. A closer look inside the train, however, would reveal a Soviet spy about to leak a state secret, a newly widowed Eleanor Roosevelt who just found out that her husband’s mistress was in the room when he died, and the entire family of incoming president Harry S. Truman.

The thrilling story of what took place behind the Pullman shades, where women whispered and men tossed back highballs, has never been told. On the occasion of the sixty-fifth anniversary of FDR’s death, Klara chronicles the action-packed three-day train ride during which, among other things, Truman hammered out the policies that would galvanize a country in mourning and win the Second World War.