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Historic Hyde Park Sites Announce Holiday Open House Events

  |   November 30, 2011  |  Comment

VANDERBILT MANSION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 4, 2011

FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS AT FDR LIBRARY AND HOME, VAL-KILL December 10, 2011

Children’s Reading Festival, Holiday Open House, Live Music, Holiday Cards for Troops, Pictures with Santa

On December 4, 2011 the National Park Service will host its annual Holiday Open House at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The Mansion will be decorated for the holidays and afternoon visitors will enjoy complimentary refreshments. Admission will be free of charge. On December 10, 2011, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of FDR National Historic Site will host a series of free holiday events. The Roosevelt Library and the Home of FDR (Springwood) will be open to visitors free of charge on December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be holiday decorations, refreshments and special activities — including the annual Children’s Reading Festival — beginning at Noon in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Holiday Open House at Val-Kill will run from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 10 with a shuttle running from the Wallace Center. Parking at the sites is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool when possible.

Holiday Open House: December 4, 2011 – Vanderbilt Mansion

On December 4, the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site will be free of charge to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Holiday Open House will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 4. The Mansion will be decorated for the holidays and refreshments will be provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association.

Children’s Reading Festival,Santa and Holiday Cards for Troops

The sixth annual Children’s Reading Festival — presented by the Roosevelt Library and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District — will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. on December 10. Children’s book authors will read from and sign copies of their books. Featured books will be available for purchase in the New Deal Store in the Wallace Center.

Children’s Reading Festival authors include:

1:30 p.m.
Michael Garland
“Oh! What a Christmas!” and “Grandpa’s Tractor”

2:15 p.m.
Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome
“Before There Was Mozart” and “New Red Bike!”

3:00 p.m.
Jacky Davis and David Soman
“The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy” and “Ladybug Girl Loves…”

In addition, there will free photos with Santa from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and children can make holiday cards for sailors on the USS FRANKLIN AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT beginning at Noon. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

Holiday Open House: December 10, 2010 – Roosevelt Library and Home, Val-Kill

Holiday Open House on December 10 is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both at the Home of FDR National Historic Site — where there will be readings from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol — and at the Roosevelt Library with a chance to see the special exhibition, “Our Plain Duty”: FDR and America’s Social Security. Both the Library and Home will be decorated for the holidays as they were during the Roosevelt presidency. Admission is free to the Home and Library throughout the day.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill) will also be free and open to visitors from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the December 10. Visitors to Val-Kill are required to take a shuttle from Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. There will be no onsite parking at Val-Kill on December 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Refreshments and music will be provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. Normal fees apply at Val-Kill until 4:00 p.m.

For more information please call: Cliff Laube, Roosevelt Library, (845) 486-7745; or Franceska Macsali Urbin, National Park Service, (845) 229 6214.

Historic Hyde Park is a group of government and private non-profit organizations based in Hyde Park, New York. Each has a unique mission, but all are united in their dedication to extending the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to new generations. HHP includes the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. For more information about HHP visit www.HistoricHydePark.org.

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