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Cottage Conversations

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The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site Introduces

“Cottage Conversations,”

A New Way to Get to Know Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life and Work


HYDE PARK:  Eleanor Roosevelt accomplished so much in her lifetime that a one -hour tour of her Val-Kill home can only touch the surface. In order to let the public understand her better, the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites are introducing “Cottage Conversations.”


This unique program is free but requires reservations to participate in a conversation in Mrs. Roosevelt’s Stone Cottage to discuss various aspects of her life and work. Sarah Olson, NPS Superintendent said, “There’s so much more to know about Eleanor Roosevelt and given her fondness for inviting people to tea, a conversation over tea and cookies seemed a wonderful way share information.” The Cottage Conversations are 45 minutes to one hour in length and are facilitated by knowledgeable Rangers.  The program will be held once a month throughout the next six months.

Cottage Conversations Dates: 

§  Sun. June 3, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

§  Sat. July 7, Arthurdale:  Eleanor Roosevelt's Community Stimulus Program  

§  Sat.  Aug. 4 , Eleanor Roosevelt and India  

§  Sun. Sept 2, Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt: A Father and Daughter's Relationship During the Gilded Age 

 §  Sat. Oct. 6 Eleanor Roosevelt's Wartime Trip to the South Pacific  

Tea and Cookies will be served  

Limit of 15 people for the program 

For more information contact Franceska_Macsali-Urbin@nps.gov  at 845-229-6214


Have questions about Cottage Conversations? Contact National Park Service


Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
56 Val-Kill Park Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

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"The National Park Service preserves the cultural and natural resources of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Sites and provides for their public appreciation and enjoyment."

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