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Archivist of the United States to Open Historic Roosevelt Hyde Park Addition
Press Release ยท Thursday, November 13, 2003

Press Release
November 13, 2003


Archivist of the United States to Open Historic Roosevelt Hyde Park Addition

Washington, DC. . .Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin is scheduled to make history Saturday, November 15, with the opening of the newest addition to the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, NY, the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. The event, which begins at 2:30 p.m. adjacent to the Wallace Center, is free and open to the public.

Joining Mr. Carlin will be federal and state government officials, members of the Henry A. Wallace and Roosevelt families, and representatives of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, a not-for-profit partner in the funding of the new center. A keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will highlight the program. The West Point Glee Club will perform during the dedication.

The Wallace Center is the first major addition to the Roosevelt estate since President Roosevelt dedicated his library, the first Presidential Library, in 1941. Representing a $20 million investment from three partners-the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Park Service, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute-the new facility is designed to serve students, teachers and the visiting public at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and the sites administered by the National Park Service in Hyde Park: the Roosevelt Home, Eleanor Roosevelt's Cottage (Val-Kill), FDR's retirement retreat (Top Cottage) and the Vanderbilt mansion.

Facilities will include orientation exhibits and a new High Definition film called "A Rendezvous with History: The Roosevelts of Hyde Park" to welcome the public to the world of the Roosevelts. In addition to their introduction to the Library and Home, visitors will be able to purchase tickets and receive information about the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt sites and nearby destinations in the historic Hudson Valley.

In addition, the new building will offer multi-purpose rooms designed for conferences, schools groups, and special programs; a café; state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities; an auditorium; and a new museum store.

The architectural design, created by the New York City firm of Kliment and Halsband, is based upon the si