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, 2017, 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, 2017.

Music in the Parks, Free Lawn Concerts
June, July, and August, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Enjoy an evening of music with friends on the beautiful lush landscapes of the Vanderbilt and Mills Mansions, overlooking the Hudson River. Outdoor concerts begin at 7:00 pm in June and July and 6:30 pm in August. 2017 Schedule

Guided Tours of the Formal Gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion
Sundays, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
Tours of the Vanderbilt Garden are led by trained interpreters from the FW Vanderbilt Garden Association, Inc. For more information, please contact Cecily Frazier at 845-876-7462 or go to

Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Tues-Thurs, July 25-27, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
Building Community with Place Based Learning.
Teaching the Hudson Valley

Courageous Writers
July 31 - August 4
A Summer Program for Students Ages 12-16
This exciting program takes place on the grounds of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, where young writers explore the power of history to inform the future as they visit FDR's Presidential Library, his family home, the Vanderbilt Estate, and Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill.
Register and learn more about the Hudson Valley Writing Project's summer programs for children and teens:
Scholarships are available

Cottage Conversations
Saturday, August 12, from 9:30am – 11:30am, In the “Playhouse” at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.
This year’s Cottage Conversations Series will focus on “Intersectionality: Moving Beyond Labels”. The workshop presenter, Michele Luc, will share materials and lead the discussion and activities that will provide further insight into intersectionality. The discussions will flesh out theories of intersectionality and diversity (sexual ID, race, age, gender etc.) and assist program participants’ understanding and identification of intersectionality in daily life. The overall goal of the program is to have participants ultimately use what they have learned or discussed for the purpose of making positive change within themselves and in their communities. Maximum capacity for this series is 30. Make your reservations here.

Adventure in Nature Journaling and Writing!
Saturday, August 19, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
If you like writing or have entertained the idea of writing about nature here is a great opportunity for you to glean ideas and practice your skill, with River Wharton.
For more information and to register for this Free event click here..

Organizational Day
Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am-4:00 pm (rain or shine) in front of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Free to the public.
The Living History group 240th Military Police Battalion will be recreating Organizational Day, an event that took place in 1943 and 1944 by the men of the 240th MP Battalion. (The Battalion that was assigned to Hyde Park during the war to protect the President). The public is invited to participate with us in baseball games, sack races, obstacle course, tug of war and egg/spoon races. Period items and vehicles will be on display as well as the living history group on hand to explain what the job of the 240th MP was at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate. Refreshments will be served during the event.

High Tea in the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens
Sunday, September 10, Vanderbilt Mansion Formal Gardens. Enjoy an old fashioned tea with guest speaker and live music. Information at

Hands-in-the-Dirt Workshops
All workshops are on Tuesdays and begin at 9:00 am at the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield
September 16 - Farrand’s Favorite Flowers (fall)
October 17 - Putting the garden to bed
Beatrix Farrand Garden


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  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Teaching the Hudson Valley Institute 2017

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    This year’s theme is Building Community with Place-Based Learning.

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  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site


    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM,6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion) and Vanderbilt Mansion NHS
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Free Lawn Concerts for 2017

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Last updated: July 20, 2017

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