Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1/2 hour each way. Walking approximately 1 mile at field trip site; walking and standing during field trip. Extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities according to personal choice.
This morning we will hear two lectures. Morning We will gather for two presentations on our home for the week, the Hudson Valley. First, we will hear from a local expert on the history of the Hudson River. The Hudson River is the defining natural feature of much of eastern New York, central to a region's unique sense of place and history, famous for its scenery, and iconic in environmental struggles. It has also played practical roles as a highway for commerce and a water supply for drinking and industry, while its abundant natural resources have historically put food on the region's tables. This lecture will weave together the ecology of the Hudson, the natural history of its shad, sturgeon, oysters, and other , delectable denizens, the impacts of pollution and other environmental insults on this larder, and the prognosis for the river's health going forward. Next, local author Tony Musso will give a talk on the relationship between Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt.
At a local restaurant.
After lunch, take some time to explore the FDR Library & Museum on your own, before we gather as a group to visit Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Though FDR bought the land in 1911, it was in the 1920s that he suggested using it as a site for cottage industries through which local farm workers could maintain employment. Eleanor and her friends ran with the idea and formed Val-Kill Industries, which produced handcrafted furnishings, pewter, and cloth until 1938. After FDR’s death, the factory building was converted to a residence, which Eleanor made her primary home. In 1977, Val-Kill was designated as a National Historic Site, the first in recognition of a First Lady.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.