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Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home

Hyde Park, NY – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents a Pearl Harbor Day author talk and book signing with Lew Paper author of IN THE CAULDRON: TERROR, TENSION, AND THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR'S STRUGGLE TO AVOID PEARL HARBOR on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

This is a free public event but registration is required.

Billy HarperHudson, N.Y.— Hudson Hall is proud to announce the 3rd Annual HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVALTM, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 (President’s Day Weekend). Presented by Hudson Hall and curated by the distinctive Hudson-based pianist Armen Donelian. The 2020 Festival offers jazz enthusiasts and contemporary music fans a packed weekend of masterful artists performing music from around the globe.

Emmerich Tree FarmThe merry begins at Orange County, N.Y. Christmas tree farms right after Thanksgiving.

Orange County, N.Y. (November 20, 2019) – Orange County, N.Y., located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, grows awesome Christmas trees! Just ask Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree scouts.  For two years in a row they’ve chopped their world-famous Christmas trees from sites in the Orange County countryside. Display the best tree ever in your home this season when you choose it from an Orange County tree farm. Have fun exploring a wide variety of spruce, fir and pine trees as you partake in family-friendly, holiday-themed experiences. Whether you chop your own or buy pre-cut, count on countless conifers, merriment and holiday cheer, just an hour outside of New York City – perhaps a little longer by sleigh ride.

Historic Huguenot StreetNew Paltz, NY (November 19, 2019) - Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has been awarded a $20,000 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Implementation Grant for FY2020 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York State.

The grant will be used to offer thought-provoking, accessible, educational programs that encourage people to reflect, learn, and engage in dialogue related to women’s rights and history. This includes lectures, a book club, partnerships, a new school program, exhibits, and an immersive theater experience. The programs will be implemented in 2020 in honor of the national centennial of votes for women.

Quill PenNewburgh, NY – Create your own distinctive way of writing – a la 18th century style - using a quill pen and ink when you come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, during Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th, 11 AM until 3 PM. 

The take-home craft is open to all ages and is free with Museum admission which includes self-guided exploration of the Museum’s over 1,300 artifacts and guided tours of Washington’s Headquarters and the newly restored Tower of Victory. (Access to the Tower may be limited based on staffing and weather conditions).

The Holiday WhodunitSundays In December, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Staatsburg, N.Y. (11/13/19) — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will host The Holiday Whodunit, a mystery for children, every Sunday afternoon this December.  Children ages 6 to 11 and their family members can come anytime between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to attend the program.  The children become detectives and solve a mystery by interviewing costumed interpreters, who portray Gilded Age houseguests and servants.  One of Staatsburgh’s most popular programs, the Holiday Whodunit has become an annual tradition for many families, who come each December to enjoy the holiday decorations and crack another Gilded Age case.

A Gilded Age ChristmasStaatsburg, N.Y. (11/19/19) – Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present A Gilded Age Christmas, featuring lavish decorations in a Gilded Age mansion, from late November through New Year’s Eve.  The decorations are done in turn-of-the-century style, recreating the atmosphere of holidays long-ago at one of the great estates of the Hudson Valley.  

“Each year, the mansion receives a different decorative scheme,” says site manager, Pam Malcolm: “The theme this year includes a design in the dining room featuring the Nutcracker. The historic rooms are filled with Christmas trees, garlands, lights and our annual tradition of tucking mouse houses into the historic rooms for kids to locate. The mouse houses are inspired by a children’s book—Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree—about a rich man in a mansion who has to cut down his enormous Christmas tree, and shares part of it with a mouse who lives in his walls.”…

Holiday on Huguenot StreetNew Paltz, NY (November 12, 2019) – Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church present the 2019 Holiday on Huguenot Street and Community Tree Lighting Friday, December 6, starting at 4:30 PM, and Saturday, December 7, at 10 AM. This event will highlight holiday and community traditions in New Paltz during the late Victorian era. Special tours feature costume interpreters portraying Huguenot Street’s past residents.

Pack Horse Librarians in AppalachiaNovember 13, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Library Research Room and Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home

Hyde Park, N.Y. – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District present "Pack Horse Librarians in Appalachia" -- a BIG READ document show and presentation with historian Sandra Opdycke -- at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The program will begin in the Research Room of the FDR Presidential Library with a document show of original items from the Library's collections related to Depression-era Appalachia, followed by a presentation by Opdycke in the Wallace Visitor Center.

Museum Village ThanksgivingYou’ll be thankful you checked out these great spots for a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast

Orange County, N.Y. (November 8, 2019) –Want to spend Thanksgiving enjoying the company of those near and dear to you instead of in the kitchen? Gobble up delicious food and Thanksgiving events in Orange County. From Apple pie to restful Zzzz, there are many wonderful places and ways to gather and celebrate with family and friends. A farm fresh Thanksgiving feast grown and prepared right here, in one of New York State’s largest growing regions, is sure to evoke feelings of gratitude. Explore the history of the holiday at special family-friendly events as you take in the Hudson Valley fall landscape. Make it a really relaxing upstate Thanksgiving getaway with a stay at one of Orange County’s cozy B&Bs or select hotels.