79th Anniversary of NIH Bethesda Campus Dedication

Franklin Delanor Roosevelt speaking before a crowd on the steps of the NIH. A broom lies against a large pillar, near the podium.

On October 31, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt stood on the steps of Building 1 to dedicate the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  While this photo of him is very nice, as well as amusing for the broom leaning against the pillar, it’s even more impressive to see and hear the speech. Yes, it was filmed!