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Franklin D. Roosevelt, “An Arsenal for Democracy” Free Program for Adults at Trailside, February 13

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present special programs for families and adults.  To kick off the Presidents’ holiday weekend a free re-enactment of part of the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt, for adults 18 years and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside will be presented on Friday, February 13 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. as part of the February Festivities programming.

The date is December 29, 1940, Franklin Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in crisis.  Europe and America may soon be drawn into war.  Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking. Listen to his plea for the support of our Allies.  Experience firsthand the history that shaped our nation.  Neill Hartley, of the American Historical Theatre, portrays F.D.R. in a fully staged historical presentation, which brings to life the background behind the famous address that implored:  “We must be an arsenal for democracy.”  This program is made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  The program is free but donations are welcomed.  

“Here is a chance to relive historic events that happened 75 years ago, as history comes alive with this dramatic performance,” says Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh.                            

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about this workshop for adults and a complete listing of the February Festivities activities at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on our website at