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Upcoming Free Events at FDR Library

By Amanda Guido

Roosevelt Reading Festival – Saturday, June 16th

The 15th annual Roosevelt Reading Festival will take place at 10:00am on Saturday, June 16 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Come for coffee and refreshments at 9:45am! This is a free community event.

The all-day event will highlight some of the recently published work of fifteen different authors on the topics of American history and

the Roosevelt family. We are very excited about the keynote speaker for this event being Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College, Susanne Dunn, author of A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days that Mobilized America. This highly acclaimed festival will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FRD Presidential Library and Home.

Click here for a full agenda and list of authors attending.


Author Talk and Book Signing with Alexander Heffner – Thursday, June 21st

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present an author talk and book signing with PBS host and journalist Alexander Heffner. Heffner is the co-author of A Documentary History of the United States. This program will begin at 7:00pm in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. There will be a signing after the presentation. This is a free event open to the public, but registration is required.

Click here to register.


Family Fun Festival – Saturday, June 30th

On Saturday, June 30 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site will host the 3rd annual Family Fun Festival on the Library’s Great Lawn and gardens and grounds of the Home. This is a free, family-friendly community event open to the public.

Some of the activities planned for the day include an 8:00am Waterman Bird Club-led bird walk (resister here), a raptor show, performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, an iHeartMedia live radio broadcast, gardening and painting activities, cider pressing, tinsmithing, first responders’ demonstrations, face painting, and food trucks. The Home and Museum will also offer free admission on June 30th! Come and enjoy this free event with the Dutchess County community.

This is an inclusive event for attendees of all abilities. There will be a sensory sensitive museum time from 8:00am to 9:00am with low lighting and low volume on audiovisual programs. There will be quiet spaces throughout the day in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center with comfortable seating, books, and a charging station so guests can relax and recharge.

For additional information, please call Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745.

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