The Partnership’s events, programs, and on-site funding help to revitalize Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and work through its support of interpretive projects at Val-Kill, as well as building engagement, awareness, and action nationally and internationally for her leadership on social justice.
Following In Her Footsteps
Following In Her Footsteps recognizes outstanding individuals who embody Eleanor Roosevelt's ideals in our time and are leaders of the causes she championed.
The Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Picnic | Gratitude to the local Community
We continue the long tradition of picnics and square dancing so loved by Eleanor Roosevelt and this year we will be thanking the first responders, nurses, physicians, and members of the community who helped during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
The Jay Unger & Molly Mason Band will lead us into song and square dancing. Jay and Molly have collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns (who directed and produced the PBS blockbuster The Roosevelts). Their song Ashokan Farewell, the main theme of Burns’ landmark documentary The Civil War, won an Emmy nomination, with a Grammy awarded to its album, and is now considered a folk classic. Perhaps the duo’s best-known composition is the album The Lover’s Waltz featuring romantic fiddle music from Appalachian, Scandinavian, Celtic, Klezmer and Swing traditions. On radio and television, Jay and Molly have appeared on CBS Good Morning, The Rosie O’Donnel Show, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, and the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions.
Once more the Chefs’ Consortium will bring delicious farm-to-table and locally grown ingredients to the Val-Kill Picnic featuring the same menu that was prepared for the 1939 visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.
What's on at Val-Kill
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has sadly caused many of our Spring and Summer programs to be rescheduled or canceled, we will continue to build a robust platform of future events. Please check back again for on-line activities, and those that will be held publicly.