The Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library and Museum Host Memorial Day Weekend Events
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site host a series of exciting events over Memorial Day Weekend from Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th! Bring the kids to these events, many of which are free. Help them learn the story of us as Americans.
14TH ANNUAL USO SHOW
An evening of WWII-era entertainment will transport visitors back to the Roosevelt days on Friday, May 26, as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents its 14th annual USO Show. Patterned after the WWII-era shows put on to entertain American troops serving around the globe, this year's show features two hours of entertainment including live Big Band music from the 1930s and ‘40s, comedy and juggling, historic newsreels, and more. This evening of family entertainment is the kick-off event for the Memorial Day Weekend programs at the Roosevelt Library and Home. Pre-registration online is required for this event as seating is limited at https://goo.gl/Xy7fBY. All the fun takes place in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home at 7 pm.
WORLD WAR II ENCAMPMENT & MILITARY DISPLAYS
On Saturday and Sunday, May 27 & 28, the Roosevelt Library and The Duffle Bag (of Patterson) present a weekend of historic military displays and a World War II encampment on the Library's front lawn. Re-enactors in battle dress are on hand to share their love of history with visitors. Collections of military uniforms, weapons, and insignia from 1917 to the present day are proudly displayed. Customized dog tags are available for purchase, and the period military vehicle exhibition fills the grass!
This year's encampment also features members of the 240th Military Police Battalion, a National Park Service and Roosevelt Library living history program. The military policemen are on hand all weekend to present the history of their unit, and demonstrate military equipment, including a period communications system. It’s FREE to everyone, so don’t miss out!
ROSE GARDEN MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Memorial Day, May 29, the National Park Service hosts a graveside memorial service at 1:30 pm in the Rose Garden at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. This year, Director of Dutchess County Veterans Services Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret), is the featured speaker. Various community organizations present wreaths in honor of President Roosevelt, including American Legion Post #1303, American Legion Post #1466, Town Of Hyde Park, Dutchess County, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association, The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the National Park Service. Free to all; take part in this very American event to honor the service men and women who gave the ultimate gift to preserve out freedom and our way of life.
Regular admission is charged for touring the Presidential Library and National Park Service Historic Sites. They are located at 4079 Albany Post Road/Route 9 in Hyde Park, 12538.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum was designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1942/ It is the nation's first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Every president since FDR has followed his example and established a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make accessible to the American people the records of their presidencies. The Roosevelt Library's mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library's archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or go online.
The National Park Service administers the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and Top Cottage and Vanderbilt Mansion. Visitors to the sites can enjoy guided tours of the historic buildings. There are hiking trails that link all the parks. From May through October visitors from New York City can reserve transportation from the Poughkeepsie Train Station to all the sites in Hyde Park by calling (845) 229-5320 for the "Roosevelt Ride." For information about tours and other programs call (845) 229-5320 or go online.