Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site
#Find Your Park with us in 2017!

The Rightful Heritage of the People: Celebrating FDR's Conservation Legacy
Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center - Exhibit open everyday from 9 AM - 5 PM

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.

Writing About Place,
Friday, November 10, Submission deadline
Teaching The Hudson Valley wants students to tell us about places in the Hudson Valley that have special meaning for them. Any student, grades K-12, living and/or attending school in the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, is eligible to participate. Contact Debi Duke for more details: 845-229-9115, ext 2035 or e-mail us

Tour of the FDR Home for Veteran's and their Families
Friday, November 10th at 1:00 PM
A special tour of the Home of FDR will be offered Friday, November 10th, at 1 pm, just for Veterans and their families. Group is limited to 50 people. Please contact Mike Twardy at e-mail us for more information.

Veteran's Day Weekend - A Fee FREE Weekend
November 11-12, 10 am-4 pm
In honor of all Veterans, the 240th Military Police Battalion Living History Group will have on display artifacts, pictures and information of the 240th MP and of WW II.

Book Talk and Signing
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7 pm - 9 pm, Wallace Visitor Center
Author, Emily Wilson will be talking about her new book, "The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook and The Place They Made Their Own." Emily Wilson examines what she calls the most formative period in Roosevelt's life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family land. In the early years, the three women--the "three graces," as Franklin Delano Roosevelt called them--were nearly inseparable and forged a female-centered community for each other, for family, and for New York's progressive women. Examining this network of close female friends gives readers a more comprehensive picture of the Roosevelts and Eleanor's burgeoning independence in the years that marked Franklin's rise to power in politics. You will need to register for this free event as space is limited. Register Here.

Martin Van Buren Winter Open House
Saturday, December 2, 1-4 pm
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Vanderbilt Mansion Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10 am - 8 pm
Christmas festivities return to Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site!
After missing a year because of ongoing restoration projects, the Vanderbilt’s Hyde Park mansion will be decorated for the Christmas of 2017. Join us for our annual holiday open house – this year with extended hours, along with some special additions, including 20% off in the museum shop store. Admission will be free and the mansion will be open for self-guided visits from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information contact us at 845-229-7770 or follow us on Facebook

Professional Development for Educators,
Monday, December 4, Wallace Educational & Visitor Center, Home of FDR
Presented by the NYS DEC'S Hudson River Estuary Program and THV
A daylong series of hands-on workshops for teaching about the estuary in schools, parks, and more. Details coming soon. Contact Debi Duke for more details: 845-229-9115, ext 2035 or e-mail us

Teaching About Wildlife Migration
Monday, December 4, 8:45 am - 4 pm Wallace Visitor and Educational Center, Home of FDR Site
Learn more about eels, bald eagles, striped bass, and sturgeon — their habitats and how to teach about them in active ways. Join the Hudson River Estuary Program (NYS DEC) and Teaching the Hudson Valley for their annual daylong series of workshops for teaching about the estuary in schools and non-formal settings. CTLE-approved. Free; registration required. Details are available here.

Home of Franklin Roosevelt Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9 am - 5 pm

Eleanor Roosevelt Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 9, 4-7 pm

Christmas On the Hudson: A Holiday Gala at Vanderbilt Mansion
Friday, December 15, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
It is with great pleasure that the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association (RVHA) announces their 2nd holiday gala: Christmas on the Hudson. Guests will be treated to elegant hors d'voures, champagne cocktails, extravagant decorations, holiday music, and have a unique opportunity to enter Frederick Vanderbilt's bedroom suite and private bath. Participants may have their photographs taken in front of the room's historic fireplace with carved overmantal featuring a scene from the story of Ulysses. Proceeds from this event support the National Parks located right here in Hyde Park. Formal attire requested.
Purchase tickets here.


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    Christmas Open House

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Vanderbilt Mansion
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    Christmas festivities return to Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site!

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4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538


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