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April 12, 2004

Warm Springs- Governor Sonny Perdue helped to open a museum honoring a man who spent his life as a part-time Georgian.

As visitors toured the new President Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial Museum they said it's like taking a step back into history.

"He gave us what we needed to fight the war an win it," said 82 year old Durward Swanson, a Pearl Harbor survivor who has fond memories of the 32nd president.

"I remember in 1940 I stood at attention for him for two and half hours while he reviewed the troops. I remember that very distinctly."

Governor Perdue says he hopes the museum will bring back more memories like Swanson's and also serve as a boost for Georgia tourism.

"It became part of him. Although he was from New York and that's where he served as governor, and was elected president from there, he loved this part. This was more than a therapy for him. He became a therapy for us," Perdue explained.

Now, the man who came to Georgia in search of healing from polio is bringing others to the state nearly six decades after his death.

The new $5 million museum features 11,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibits. It's located on the site of the Little White House, F-D-R's Warm Springs home.

Posted at 6:20 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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