HYDE PARK — On Dec. 8, 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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. There will be holiday decorations, refreshments and special activities — including the annual Children’s Reading Festival — beginning at 1 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center. Holiday Open House at Val-Kill will run from 4-7 p.m. on Dec. 8 with a shuttle running from the Wallace Center.
Children’s Reading Festival, Santa and Holiday Cards for Troops
The 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 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 8. 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.
In addition, there will be live music, free photos with Santa from 1-3 p.m., and children can make holiday cards for sailors on the USS FRANKLIN AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (www.ddg-roosevelt.navy.mil) beginning at Noon. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.
Holiday Open House will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Home of FDR National Historic Site and at the Roosevelt Library. Both the Home and the Roosevelt Library study 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 1-7 p.m. Dec. 8. Beginning at 4 p.m., visitors to Val-Kill are required to take a shuttle from Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. There will be no onsite parking at Val-Kill. Holly Christiana will be presenting readings from Dickens: A Christmas Carol. Eleanor Roosevelt continued this Roosevelt family tradition at Val-Kill after she moved there permanently in 1945. Refreshments and music will be provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association and Val-Kill will be decorated as it was during Eleanor Roosevelt’s lifetime.
For information, call Cliff Laube, Roosevelt Library at 845-486-7745 or Franceska Macsali Urbin, National Park Service at 845-229 6225.