Eleanor's Uncommon Courage
News from the Executive Director
"Somehow we must be able to show people that democracy is not about words, but action."
---Eleanor Roosevelt, 1953, India and the Awakening East
In her time, Eleanor Roosevelt risked all to speak out and lead on issues that challenged the world - two world wars, the Great Depression, genocide, racism and human rights - Eleanor saw theunimaginable but remarkably refused to give in to horror. When others would give into despair and frustration, she risked all to combat it.
Over the last few months, we have heard many visitors speak of the restorative hope and inspiration their visit to Val-Kill has brought them. Much in the way that Eleanor would come home from world travels to Val-Kill to regain her endless courage to fight for what she believed, visitors are finding renewed optimism in her example.
You can't find an American who hasn't benefited from something the Roosevelts created or fought for. And an important part of our mission, is to ensure visitors to Val-Kill come away with a deeper understanding of Eleanor Roosevelt as a fierce organizer who took risks and built connections to achieve social justice for all peoples.
In our 18 years in public private partnership with the National Park Service, the Partnership has raised more than $2 million in direct benefits to Val-Kill, including exhibits, an United Nations Association Film Festival award-winning documentary, restoration projects, new acquisitions, and programming that inspires Eleanor Roosevelt's ideals in our time.
Your support means so much to us and allows us to continue our work to reanimate Val-Kill as a vehicle through which ER and her causes can be brought to life. We rely on gifts to the Annual Fund to help bring these important projects forward to tell the story of Eleanor Roosevelt's uncommon courage and relevance for new generations.
Warm wishes for your holiday season,
The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership
Read our Fall 2016 Newsletter
Val-Kill Community Picnic, Square Dance
Val-Kill Picnic and Square Dance opens up the grounds of Val-Kill for the public to enjoy it the way the Roosevelts most loved to entertain there.
Picnic Diplomacy and the Val-Kill Picnic Square Dance
Have you ever heard the phrase, "diplomacy is no picnic?" We are always talking about diplomacy and picnics because the Roosevelts...
Read our Spring / Summer 2016 Newsletter
Restoration on tap for garden where FDR played, pool where Churchill swam
Partnership leverages National Park Service centennial matching grant to restore Val-Kill pool!
Opinion: Cheers to Park Helpers
Partnership recognized by the Journal Opinion page for our $2 million in direct contributions to the site.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Up Close
“Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader,” on permanent display
In addition to our Following In Her Footsteps Awards, the Partnership celebrated Women's History Month with a WOMEN & CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT co-hosted with EPA Region 2 and our National Park Service partner.