"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?
In small places close to home."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership supports projects that help visitors experience Val-Kill as a place of ideals and inspiration. To date, the Partnership has raised over $2 million dollars in direct benefits to the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.
Award Winning "Close to Home" film
Seen with every tour, the Partnership co-produced the "Close to Home" documentary, which recently won the United Nations Association Film Festival Award in 2013. Narrated by actress Jane Alexander, our film highlights ER's leadership as a champion of social justice and racial equality, providing visitors to Val-Kill with an understanding of Eleanor's influence as one of the 20th century's most influential leaders.
In Her Own Words...
Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt includes lesson plans for K-high school classes Prepared by The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project with funding from the GE Fund through The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership and Save America's Treasures
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project has also made Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" column -- published six days a week for 26 years -- key word searchable for the entire archive.
When Val-Kill was established as a national historic site 30 years ago, Mrs. Roosevelt’s estate had already been disbursed soon after her passing through two auctions. The Partnership has been a significant resource for returning her original belongings to the collections.
New Stone Cottage Exhibits
Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader takes an in-depth study of the early years of Val-Kill when Eleanor Roosevelt joined a group of independent minded women dedicated to shaping politics and social policy. New work and new expectations ignited a stirring friendship with political activists Nancy Cook and Marion Dickerman. Together at Val-Kill they created jobs, steered party politics, and advanced social reform. Living and working at Val-Kill was the start of Eleanor’s personal journey. Driven by a spirit of curiosity and determination, she emerged as one of the most influential women in American politics.
Val-Kill's Visitor's Center
We were proud to work with our National Park Service partner on producing Val-Kill's first Visitor's Center. Combined with a personal tour of the Cottage, these exhibits contextualize the visitor's understanding of the Eleanor's deeply influential roles as: Journalist, Party Leader, Activist, Diplomat, Educator, and Grandmother.