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From the Archives: Eleanor Roosevelt at Montreat College

For the month of March we highlight one of the rarest documents in our archives. Eleanor Roosevelt visited Montreat College in March, 1945. The rare document is a letter from Mrs. Roosevelt to Montreat College President Anderson.

Background

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt visited Montreat in March of 1945, a month before her husband died. She visited Montreat College and also spoke to a Council of Southern Mountain Workers meeting in Montreat.

Mrs. Roosevelt published a regular newspaper column entitled, My Day. Here are excerpts from her columns discussing her visit to Montreat.

March 14, 1945

"We left there [Raleigh NC] at a few minutes before 10 and had time to pack and change our clothes before taking the night train which brought us to Black Mountain, North Carolina, at 8:30 this morning. Here we are in the Montreat Inn, which housed the families of some of the German and Japanese diplomats before they returned to their native lands. ..."

March 15, 1945

"This is beautiful country, and our rooms face the Presbyterian College across a charming lake. I am attending a meeting of the Council for Southern Mountain Workers and finding it most interesting. After arriving at Montreat Inn yesterday morning, we had breakfast and by 10 o'clock met for the first session of the council. The subject under discussion was 'The Rural Mountain Church'."