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Hyde Park FDR Library Offering Holiday Open House

President Roosevelt celebrating Christmas with his grandchildren in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Dec. 24, 1943.
President Roosevelt celebrating Christmas with his grandchildren in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Dec. 24, 1943. Photo Credit: Facebook/Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and the home of FDR in Springwood will be open to visitors free of charge on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be holiday decorations, refreshments and special activities — including the 10th annual Children’s Reading Festival, held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center.

Children’s book authors and illustrators Iza Trapani, Lu Ann Schnable Kaldor and Eve S. Gendron 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.

Children’s book readings and signings will take place at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be free photos with Santa from 1-3 p.m., and children can make holiday cards for sailors on the USS Franklin And Eleanor Roosevelt beginning at noon.

Holiday Open House at Val-Kill, the National Historic Site dedicated to Eleanor Roosevelt, will run from 4-7 p.m. with a shuttle running from the Wallace Center. Parking at the sites is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool when possible.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

The FDR Library and home is located at 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park.

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