Marist, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum Launch Revitalized Website

Marist College

Improvements come ahead of Library and Museum's 75th Anniversary

Poughkeepsie, NY (July 12, 2016) – Marist College and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum have jointly launched a refreshed website in conjunction with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Library and Museum. The long-standing partnership between Marist and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum builds on the College’s academic mission and tradition of supporting the Hudson Valley and New York State community. The website,, is fully-hosted at Marist, supported through the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center.

An image of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt with text for the 75th anniversary of the museum and library "Through our extraordinary partnership with Marist College, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum continues to improve upon the National Archives' mission to Make Access Happen,” said FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow. “Our new web site is designed to work for the user – whether they are a grade school student, a scholar conducting research or a museum goer preparing to visit us here in Hyde Park.”

The new website is built, managed, and hosted using Liferay, an open-source software platform used by some 400,000 organizations worldwide. The revitalization project features a completely new user-centered and fully-responsive site, along with an all new user-defined information architecture and sitemap. The improved information architecture allows for easy navigation of the site’s offerings and improves overall user experience.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing, cooperative partnership with the FDR Library and Museum,” said Bill Thirsk, Marist Vice President of Information Technology/CIO.  “As a part of the Marist mission, we work to develop technologies that promote a strong sense of community within the Hudson Valley region and the State of New York.  Working with the FDR Library and Museum allows the College to develop new technologies to further this mission in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship.”

About Marist:

Marist College, recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Barron's Best Buys in College Education, and Entrepreneur, is a highly selective comprehensive liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in the use of technology in and out of the classroom. Founded in 1929, Marist overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital.  Marist is ecumenical in character and reflects the ideals of the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat: commitment to excellence in education, a pursuit of higher human values, and dedication to the principle of service.  Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century. Marist educates 4,700 traditional-age undergraduate students and over 1,300 adult and graduate students in 46 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.

About FDR:

Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation's first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Every president since FDR has followed his example and established a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make accessible to the American people the records of their presidencies. The Roosevelt Library's mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library's archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit

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