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.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2018
Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19, 2018
We are inviting bird watchers of all ages to join in the count of birds at our parks to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. All counts will be entered into e-bird. The Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club will be leading the event along with a park ranger. For more information and to register click here.

Inside Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
In celebration of President’s Weekend, on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 PM, the National Park Service will present “Inside FDR” a one man show about Franklin Delano Roosevelt with Gary Stamm portraying the 32nd President of the United States. The public will hear from the “man himself” about talking about things not learned in history class. Among the topics presented are: his hobbies, dealing with polio, his “firsts”, his childhood, his favorite quotes, what he considers his greatest accomplishments and failures and more. Join us for a relaxed chat with FDR. Register for your FREE ticket here.

Interested in Volunteering at the Roosevelt Home Garden?
Tuesday, February 20th, or Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Wallace Visitor Center
We will be holding informational meetings for individuals interested in volunteering. Come learn about the history of the garden, plans for the upcoming season, long term restoration goals, and roles for volunteers.
To register for a meeting call Susan MacAvery, NPS Horticulturist at 845-229-4218 or email.
All levels of gardening experience are welcome. We will provide the tools and training you need.

Human Rights Speaker Series
Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights

Thursday, February 22, 5:30 pm
Click here to register for this FREE event.
Shannon Butler, National Park Service
This presentation illustrates Eleanor Roosevelt's relationships with various Civil Rights leaders from the White House years up until her death. It goes over some of the major events that she was involved in or at least took interest in helping with during this span of time, taking a look at how she used the power of her position to help a cause she felt strongly for. Complete List of Topics and Speakers

Teaching with Citizen Science Projects
Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

Join ES science teacher Jennifer Reid for Teaching with Citizen Science Projects. The text is Citizen Scientists: Be Part of Scientific Discovery from your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns. Open to all — pre-k, environmental and park educators, and the public, as well as ES teachers. The course will begin with an in-person session, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, in the Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the Home of FDR and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. The rest of the class will be done online and on your schedule, up to April 12. 15 professional development (CTLE) hours. Register by Feburary 17. Cost is $30. More details available here.

Across A Barrier of Fear - One Woman Play by Jane Van Boskirk
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center

The play follows Eleanor Roosevelt from lonely childhood to the world stage tracing her growing awareness of the world she sees beyond the aristocratic society into which she was born and launches her into a lifetime of public service. For more information and to purchase your $15 ticket click here.

Human Rights Speaker Series
Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial

Thursday, March 29, 5:30 pm
Click here to register for this FREE event.
Jennifer Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton, New York State Museum
Votes for Women celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and raises public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Conven­tion through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote. Lemak and Hopkins-Benton address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century.
Complete list of Topics and Speakers

Human Rights Speaker Series
Food Justice

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 pm
Click here to register for this FREE event.
Amani Olugbala, Soul Fire Farm
Amani Olugbala/ Amani O+ Poet & Emcee is a storyteller who weaves music, film, speech and poem into art that addresses social injustice, honors the ancestors and inspires transformation. Amani strives to uplift and promote love & service as necessary acts of rebellion against isolation and disconnection that threatens our collective peace and wellness. As Assistant Director of Programs at Soul Fire Farm, Amani works with a crew of beautiful people committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Soul Fire Farm raises life-giving food to folks surviving food apartheid and offers models for revolutionary thrival through love, ancestral wisdom and Earth reverence.
Complete List of Topics and Speakers

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.

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


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