Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site
#FindYourPark with us in 2018!

Every Kid in a Park Welcomes 4th Graders
Through August 31, 2018, all National Parks
National Parks and some other federally managed sites in the Hudson Valley invite all fourth graders to visit free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. Students may go to any NPS site or to, complete an activity, and obtain a pass good through August 31, 2018.

Student Art Exhibit
April 1- May 31, 9:00 am-6:30 pm daily, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
In partnership with the FDR Presidential Library/Museum and the Dream Rocket Project, this year's theme is "Dream big, everywhere in the world...everywhere in your life." Exhibit features student art pieces from educational institutions around the region focusing on FDR's Four Freedoms: Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom from Fear. For more information:
visit their Facebook page or Flickr page.

Human Rights Speaker Series
The American Civil Rights Movement and the Soviet Union
Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 pm
Click here to register for this FREE event.
During the Cold War the United States struggled to gain the moral high ground of freedom and democracy because of the racial prejudice that existed in the nation. The Soviet Union, often portrayed in America as the antithesis of freedom, used the duality of freedom and prejudice in the United Sates as a stepping stone to aid its world image. Learn about this struggle between the two superpowers and how the conflict of racism and freedom was dealt with during the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Complete List of Topics and Speakers

Earth Day Celebration and Recycle Event
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Hyde Park Drive-In
Activities and tips for appreciating and improving our environment. Featuring Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites/National Park Service, Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency, Hyde Park Community Garden, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Region 3, POK reCycle Project, and more.
Click here for details.

Workshop for Teachers and Others Working with Youth
May 18, 4:00-7:00 pm , Wallace Visitor & Educational Center Center, Dyson Room
Explore ways to create safe and welcoming environments for all students and learn about Val-Kill’s LGBTQ history. CTLE hours available. Facilitated by Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Educators' Network (GLSEN) Hudson Valley Chapter and Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites curator, Frank Futral. Details, including registration information, coming soon. Check for updates here.

Human Rights Speaker Series
African American Civil Rights Leaders and the Roosevelts

Thursday, May 31, 5:30 pm
Click here to register for this FREE event.
Kevin Burke and Steven Niven, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
Few periods in American history have been as profound or consequential as the New Deal, Second World War, Cold War, and Civil Rights Movement, years defined by the Roosevelt presidency and its animating legacy in the decades that followed. From the grass roots to the national and international stage, African American leaders serving overseas and at home, and in every field from the arts to business, journalism to education, law to politics, science to sports, would play a pivotal part in the struggle, pressing Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to narrow the gap between American ideals and action, working with them to effectuate change, speaking out when they fell short, and making sacrifices and strides to fulfill what the President, in the midst of the Depression, had called their generation’s “rendezvous with destiny.”
Complete List of Topics and Speakers

Hyde Park Trail End-2-End Trek
Saturday, June 2, 2018 Meeting at Vanderbilt Mansion parking lot
This is a 9 mile End-2-End trek from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt Mansion, via Val-Kill, the Home of FDR site and Riverfront Park. More details to follow.

12th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 2pm - 4pm Wallace Visitor Center at the Home of FDR
THOMAS RAINER - The Beauty of Biodiversity: Practical Strategies for More Lush, Abundant and Resilient Plantings - Thomas Rainer is a leading voice in ecological landscape design. He is a landscape architect, teacher, author and enthusiastic public speaker. Thomas has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Landscape Architecture magazine, The Washington Post and others. While passionate about design and focusing on details, Thomas is a specialist in applying innovative planting concepts to create ecologically-functional designed landscapes. Come hear him share his insights on the beauty of biodiversity. Purchase your tickets here.

2018 Music in the Parks - Free Lawn Concerts
June 6 - August 15 - Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (August Concerts begin at 6:30 pm), Vanderbilt Mansion and Mills Mansion (Staatsburgh State Historic Site)
First concert is Hyde Park Schools (Popular Music) at Vanderbilt Mansion.
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Hyde Park, NY 12538


(845) 229-9422
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