Coming Up

Vanderbilt Mansion Holiday Open House
Sun., Dec. 3, 10 am – 8 pm

After missing a year due to ongoing renovations, the mansion will once again be decked out for the holidays. Free admission, self-guided tours, special exhibits from the  collections, live music throughout the day and evening, cookies and punch starting at 11, and 20% off in the museum shop . Details.


Monday, Dec. 4, Hyde Park
Teaching about wildlife migration

Learn more about eels, bald eagles, striped bass, and sturgeon — their habitats and how to teach about them in active ways. Join the Hudson River Estuary Program (NYS DEC) and THV for their annual daylong series of workshops for teaching about the estuary in schools and non-formal settings.  Read more.


Sat., Dec. 9, Holiday Open Houses, Hyde Park

Home of FDR National Historic Site and Presidential Library and Museum, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Free admission, children’s book festival, Santa, letter-writing to sailors on the USS Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, readings from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and more. Details.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, 4-7 p.m. Take a shuttle from the Wallace Center (there will be no on site parking at Val-Kill)  to enjoy refreshments, music, and traditional decorations. Details.


Now Available to buy
Nat Geo’s Giant Map of NYS

National Geographic is transitioning from rentals to sales. We understand the NYS map will cost $775 plus shipping and handling. Details: GiantMaps@ngs.org. Maps can be borrowed from Cornell’s Institute for Resource Information Sciences and the NY Geographic Alliance.


Photos, from the top

  • Glass eels by Leon Liao submitted to National Geographic’s “Your Shot,” 2012.
  • FDR’s Home, Val-Kill, and National Geographic’s room-size map, Bill Urbin, NPS