16009
Newburgh
The Roosevelts: The Life and Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor
Dive deep into the world of the Roosevelts as you visit their Hudson Valley home, attend lectures at the FDR Presidential Library and discover their haunts along the Hudson River.
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Program No. 16009RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Welcome and Orientation
Fishkill, NY
D
Hyatt House

Afternoon: Check-in begins at 4 p.m. After you get settled we'll meet for dinner.

Dinner: Welcome dinner

Evening: Following dinner there will be a welcome and orientation followed by a film about the Roosevelts.

DAY
2
Morning Field Trip to Val-Kill / Afternoon Program at Hyde Park / Evening Presentation
Fishkill, NY
B,L,D
Hyatt House

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

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 back at the hotel.

Evening: There will either be a class or special presentation tonight.

DAY
3
Morning Presentation(s) on the Roosevelts / Free Time
Fishkill, NY
B,L
Hyatt House

Breakfast: Breakfast served in dorm.

Morning: Because this day is mostly free time, following breakfast, George Burke, the coordinator, will do an overview of the history of the Hudson Valley, talking about good sites to visit ... This is good preparation to have the day be just what you are looking for!

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel

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. Prior to your visit you can view a sightseeing list at www.msmc.edu/roadscholar.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to sample local fare

Evening: There is normally a class on campus following dinner or a film will be shown.

DAY
4
Morning Presentations / Lunch at a local restaurant / Afternoon Cruise on the Hudson / Evening Presentation
Fishkill, NY
B,L,D
Hyatt House

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: Following breakfast there will be a special lecture or presentation.

Lunch: Early Lunch at a restaurant on the Hudson River.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll enjoy a cruise on the majestic Hudson after lunch. 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.

Dinner: Dinner will be back at the hotel

Evening: A special lecture or a film will be shown.

DAY
5
Field Trips to Hyde Park and Top Cottage / Farewell Dinner
Fishkill, NY
B,L,D
Hyatt House

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

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. 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. 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 back at the hotel.

Evening: In the evening we will have our farewell party.

DAY
6
The Hudson River and its Painters film.
Fishkill, NY
B

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.

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. 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! Check out is by 12 PM. Thank you for attending and safe travels home! We hope to see you on another Road Scholar program soon!