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The Roosevelts: The Life and Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor

Program Number: 16009RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Newburgh, New York
Price starting at: $645.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Examine the ideals and achievements of American history’s foremost “power couple” of the 20th century as well as influences of the area they called home. The only U.S. president elected to more than two terms, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the architect of the nation we know today, implementing extraordinary transformations of American government, economy, and culture. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of these two great Americans and their remarkable lives during presentations and field trips to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum; the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill; their beloved Hudson Valley home, Springwood; and FDR’s private retreat, Top Cottage. A cruise on the beautiful Hudson River is a special highlight.




Highlights

• Visit the Roosevelts' beloved Hudson Valley home, Springwood, and FDR's private retreat, Top Cottage, to learn firsthand about their lives.
• Voyage on the beautiful Hudson River for insight into its influence on the family.
• Education specialists at Hyde Park provide expert insight into the Roosevelts, their era and the Presidential Library system.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile per day. Standing at historic sites and museums.



In 2013 after 71 years of operation, the Roosevelt Library completed its first major renovation and is open to the public during this program experience.



Coordinated by Mount Saint Mary College.




Newburgh

The Hudson River Valley, just north of New York City, harbors quaint villages and historic sites, such as the Roosevelt homes in Hyde Park and Val-Kill. The area also hosts numerous art museums and concert venues.



Accommodations
College campus suites with private baths, air-conditioning and breathtaking views of the Hudson River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mount Saint Mary College
  Newburgh 5 nights
 Mount Saint Mary College
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: The views of the Hudson River from your residence, Sakac Hall, are breathtaking!! Our lovely college campus offers accommodations in a 7 year old dormitory with rooms that are air conditioned with private bath. The rooms are in a suite type set-up and although each room has a private bath the bathroom door is 3' adjacent to the bedroom door so you will be stepping into the shared space to have access to your bathroom. The dining hall is two-tenths of a mile away. You may drive to the dining hall or, if no vehicle, we will do our best to provide transportation as needed.
  Contact info: 330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550 USA
phone: 845-926-9000
web: www.msmc.edu/roadscholar
  Room amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private bath.
  Facility amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private bath and accessible by elevator.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Suite type room set-up - each room has a private bath but the bathroom door is 3' adjacent to the bedroom door so you will be stepping into the shared space (not a hallway) to have access to your bathroom. Please see photo on Sakac Hall page within.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $40 single / night; $60 double We would like to accommodate your requests and will if we can but because of events on campus it is often difficult to do so. Please give our office a call and we will see what we can do! Thank you.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $40 single / night; $60 double We would like to accommodate your requests and will if we can but because of events on campus it is often difficult to do so. Please give our office a call and we will see what we can do! Thank you.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in: 2-4 p.m. - Dormitory - Sakac Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY. You will be staying at Mount Saint Mary College that night.
  End of Program:
Check out: Noon from Dormitory - Sakac Hall, followed by lunch; departure, 1 p.m. from Mount Saint Mary College, NY. You will be staying at Mount Saint Mary College the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We recommend that the Participant have photo id in case it's needed.
  Parking availability:
There is a parking lot adjacent to the residence dorm. Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Newburgh
  Nearest city or town:  Newburgh
  Nearest highway: New York Thruway and Route 84
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Newburgh
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Newburgh / NYC

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Metro North Railroad
phone: 180-063-8764 x6

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Senior Fare: approx. $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours + 10 minute cab ride 

   

The campus is also accessible by air (Stewart International Airport in Newburgh or Albany International, Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark - all approx. 1.5 - 2 hrs. away) and bus - Shortline from Port Authority in NYC. Because there are several ways to get here, please give our office a call for further travel information from your designated arrival spot. 845 565 2076. Thank you.

 
Driving Directions
  East, West, North/South From points East Take I-84 west to second Newburgh exit, 10S. Bear sharply right on exit ramp and go 1/4 mile to traffic light at intersection of Rt. 9W and Rt. 32. Turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At second light (Sunoco gas station is on the left), turn left onto North Plank Road, which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left. From points North or South Take the New York State Thruway to Newburgh exit 17. Go through tollbooth, bear right and follow signs for I-84. Take I-84 east to Newburgh exit 10. At the bottom of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At first light (Sunoco gas station is on the left) turn left onto North Plank Road, which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left. From points West Take I-84 east to Newburgh Exit 10. At bottom of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At first light (Sunoco gas station is on the left) turn left onto North Plank Road which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left.
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The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, August 3)

Note: Welcome to our Road Scholar Program. We have been offering this program since 1996 and do so proudly. This afternoon we will take you on a walking tour of the lovely Mount campus en route to a welcome dinner. Following dinner we will have an orientation going over the schedule for the week to come.



   
 Afternoon: Check-in is between 2-4 p.m. It is followed by a tour of the campus.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner
 Evening: Following dinner there will be a welcome and orientation followed by a film about the Roosevelts.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Special Lectures!
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dorm with a wide variety of choices.
 Morning: We will tour Val-Kill this morning to be followed by a film and home tour back at Springwood. FDR encouraged Eleanor Roosevelt to develop this property as a place that she could develop some of her ideas for work with winter jobs for rural workers and women. She named the spot Val-Kill, loosely translated as waterfall-stream from the Dutch language common to the original settlers of the area. Throughout her husband's presidency, she often stayed at Val-Kill. After his death, she lived there for 17 years. Val-Kill is the first National Historic Site devoted to a First Lady. Springwood is 2 miles west of Val-Kill and is the beloved Roosevelt family home. We will go to Springwood and view a film and tour the home.
 Lunch: Lunch We will enjoy box lunches at the FDR site.
 Afternoon: There will be a special program at Hyde Park by one of the educators there. The FDR site has outstanding educational specialists who will offer unique and interesting lectures to our group. Following the program we will spend time in the Wallace Center.
 Dinner: Dinner Will be on campus tonight
 Evening: There will either be a class or special presentation tonight.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentations about the Roosevelts.
(Tuesday, August 5)

Note: This morning there will be a special presentation or two about the Roosevelts.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in dorm.
 Morning: This morning a local author or 2 will share their studies of the Roosevelts.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on campus.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is all yours! There are many places to avail yourself of for an afternoon of free time. West Point is 20 minutes from campus. Walk the Walkway over the Hudson. Browse a historical Hudson River mansion. Enjoy the downtown areas of Beacon or Cold Spring. When you arrive we provide directions from the campus to several local sites and will be happy to help you plan this afternoon for you to enjoy the Hudson River Valley on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner - will be on campus.
 Evening: There is normally a class on campus following dinner or a film will be shown.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hudson River Cruise You've enjoyed the viewfrom the residence hall now enjoy the cruise! You will see West Point from the water as well as Bannerman's Castle, built not as a home but as an arsenal for Mr. Bannerman's immense collection of weapons.
(Wednesday, August 6)

Note: The Hudson River is a 315 mile watercourse that flows from north to south. It begins at Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains, flows past the state capital at Albany, and eventually forms the boundary between New York City and New Jersey. Because its current changes four times every day as ocean tides pulse upriver to the Troy dam, it is also called the "river that flows both ways." The river is named after Henry Hudson who explored it in 1690.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in dorm.
 Morning: Following breakfast there will be a special lecture or presentation.
 Lunch: Early Lunch at a restaurant on the Hudson River.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a cruise on the majestic Hudson after lunch.
 Dinner: Dinner is on campus.
 Evening: A special lecture or a film will be shown.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Return to Hyde Park!
(Thursday, August 7)

Note: The FDR Library is built of Hudson Valley fieldstone in the style reminiscent of the local Dutch colonial architecture which FDR favored. It was built with privately donated funds and then turned over to the federal government on July 4, 1940 to be operated by the National Archives.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in dorm.
 Morning: Today we will take tours of the Library & Museum and Top Cottage. We will visit Hyde Park for a special program. Following the program half the group will take the Library & Museum Tour and half will go to Top Cottage. We will alternate tours so everyone will see both sites. Top Cottage was constructed in 1938 during FDR's second term in office. The small stone cottage served as his private country retreat for the rest of his presidency. It embodies the President's strong interest in the early history and architecture of the Hudson Valley. Top Cottage is the most poignant and personal reminder of his private life.
 Lunch: Lunch will be box lunches onsite.
 Afternoon: Tours of the Library & Museum and Top Cottage will continue this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on campus.
 Evening: In the evening we will have our farewell party.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Hudson River and its Painters film.
(Friday, August 8)

Note: The Hudson River School was a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The paintings for which the movement is named depict the HR Valley and the surrounding area and reflect three themes: discovery, exploration, and settlement. The landscapes are characterized by their realistic, detailed, and sometimes idealized portrayal of nature. After being in the area for a week we know you'll enjoy the view!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in dorm.
 Morning: Following breakfast the film, "The Hudson River and its Painters" will be shown as an lovely review of the region where you have spent your week and a nice finale.
 Lunch: Check out and lunch prior to departure. Lunch in dining hall.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
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There is a morning or afternoon of free time scheduled during the week. Directions to local points of interest such as West Point or Washington's Headquarters are provided. For those without a car there are local taxi companies and the rates are reasonable. We will be very happy to assist in any way for you to schedule your free time so it's enjoyable for you. For additional information, visit www.msmc.edu/Road Scholar/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Before the Trumpet


Author: Geoffrey C. Ward


A First Class Temperament


Author: Geoffrey C. Ward


A Splendid Deception


Author: Hugh Gallagher


No OrdinaryTime


Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin


Freedom From Fear


Author: David M. Kennedy


FDR


Author: Jean Edward Smith


any book on the Civilian Conservation Corps


Author: n/a




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