After Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962, her house Val-Kill was converted into four rental units. In 1970 the property was sold to private developers who planned to build on the land. Concerned that the development would damage a valuable historic asset, local citizens organized a drive to preserve the site. This sparked interest in establishing a national memorial. In May 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed the bill creating the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, "in order to commemorate for the education, inspiration, and benefit of present and future generations the life and work of an outstanding woman in American History."
You can help support the National Park Service and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site through a number of avenues.
To make a direct donation to benefit the preservation, maintenance, and interpretation of Val-Kill, please contact the Superintendent, Roosevelt- Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538 or call 845-229-9115.
Official park partners are also approved to accept donations and raise funds that support the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.
Purchase something from the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association sales areas located at Val-Kill and Vanderbilt Mansion. Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association is a cooperating association that offers books and other educational items relating to the interpretive themes of Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites and the Hudson Valley. A percentage of the proceeds from all sales are donated to the park's interpretive and education program. For more information click on the link above or call 845-229-9300.
Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt: Preserving her Val-Kill Home is a project of Save America's Treasures, that seeks to rescue, restore and promote our country's historic sites, monuments, collections and artifacts.
Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the National Park Service in preserving Eleanor Roosevelt's home at Val-Kill in Hyde Park, NY. For more information click on the link above or e-mail us.
Your participation and assistance are greatly appreciated.