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We know Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as towering figures of the 20th century, but who were they as people? What were they like while growing up? What were the experiences (aside from Franklin’s polio) that shaped them and prepared them for their entry onto the world stage? What help did they receive from others along the way, and who were these friends and helpers?

The weekend of Friday May 4th thru Sunday May 6th I’ll be hosting a two-and-one-half day introduction to Franklin and Eleanor that attempts to answer all of these questions and more. The event will feature tours of the homes of FDR and ER (Springwood, Val-Kill, & Top Cottage), a bus trip to Oak Terrace (where Eleanor spent much of her childhood) and family gravesites in Tivoli and Hyde Park, sessions with National Park Service staff describing their work in maintaining and curating these national treasures, and informational sessions on the life stories of ER and FDR and the wider world into which they were born.

This will be a small group event of no more than 20, allowing participants maximum engagement, and is geared to the interested lay-person looking to learn about Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt as people and as life partners.

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Cost: $145 per person

Note: This event will be limited to the first 20 people to register and pay the registration fee.

To register, please call Steve Adams at (607) 592-1583, or contact Steve via email at

Payment can be made by check or by credit card over the phone.

Motel accommodations are available in Hyde Park. A list of local motels can be provided upon request. Inclusion in the list does not imply any recommendation.