Henry A. Wallace
Visitor and Education Center

Wallace Center. Cervin Robinson photo.In November 2003, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (National Archives and Records Administration), in cooperation with the National Park Service and the private non-profit Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, opened the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center -- the first new facility to be added to the Roosevelt estate since the Library was constructed in 1941.

Named in honor of the man who served as Secretary of Agriculture (1933-1940) and Vice-President during Franklin Roosevelt's third term, the Wallace Center offers visitors an array of new and expanded services designed to enhance their experiences in Hyde Park.

Highlights

The Lobby and visitor orientation areas of the Wallace Center are where visitors to the FDR Presidential Library and Home of FDR National Historic Site are introduced to the "World of the Roosevelts."

Wallace Center. Cervin Robinson photo.

The Milstein Auditorium and Orientation Film

The 140-seat theater features a high-definition film written and produced by Tom Spain Productions. The twenty minute film, "Rendezvous with History," features interviews with two of the Roosevelt grandchildren, Curtis Roosevelt and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as historic footage.

 

Wallace Center. Cervin Robinson photo.

Kerr Courtyard and Sculpture

Through the glass enclosed lobby visitors can view the beautiful courtyard which leads out towards the Library and Home. Upon entering the courtyard visitors are greeted by a life-size sculpture of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt based on a 1933 photograph of the couple taken in Hyde Park.

Wallace Center. Cervin Robinson photo.

The New Deal Museum Store

Located adjacent to the lobby, the New Deal Store sells a wide variety of campaign, political and patriotic items, reproductions, sculptures, medals and coins, china, posters, specialty items, recordings, toys and games, glassware, and apparel. It also features a large selection of books on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Uncle Sam's Cafe

Uncle Sam's Canteen

Uncle Sam's Canteen offers visitors a convenient place to grab a coffee and pastry, or enjoy a delicious lunch between tours. Adorned with patriotic decor Uncle Sam's offers a diverse menu in a beautiful setting. It is open April 1 through October 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wallace Center. Cervin Robinson photo.

Mosaic Map

The centerpiece of the Wallace Center lobby is a pictorial floormap in mosaic tile that depicts Hyde Park as FDR knew it and loved it. Adapted from a book by Hudson Valley and WPA artist Olin Dows for his 1949 book, Franklin Roosevelt at Hyde Park, it shows all the places that compelled FDR to return to his beloved Hudson Valley.

Facilities

In addition to visitor amenities, the Wallace Center offers exceptional education, meeting and conference space. The conference rooms are available for non-profit and corporate use only. Private functions are not permitted.

Multipurpose Room

Whether hosting a small school group or a large non-profit function, this area of the visitor center can handle the task. The Multipurpose Room (90' by 35') can be partitioned into three smaller sections. At its maximum, the Multipurpose Room can hold 200 people for a seminar (with attendees seated at 60" round tables) or 300 people with auditorium style seating.

The Anne E. Dyson Conference Center

Our formal conference room has twenty-four leather chairs around a rectangular shaped conference table providing a comfortable atmosphere for meetings and seminars.

The Milstein Auditorium

The 140-seat theater is an ideal venue for lectures, panel disussions and film presentations.

Use of the Wallace Center

The Wallace Center is available for non-profit and corporate use only. Private functions are not permitted. A rental fee is charged for all groups. Special rates are available for non-profits and educational groups. Please contact us for a copy of the Wallace Center Fees and Guidelines. Use of the Wallace Center includes admission to the Presidential Library and Museum.

For more information about facility use of the Wallace Center please contact Darian Rivera, Special Events Coordinator, at (845) 486-7751 or darian.rivera@nara.gov.

 
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