Hyde Park, NY
One of the Valley’s best-known landmarks, the Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park had not been renovated since it opened on June 30, 1941. Seventy-two years later to the day, the site unveiled a $35 million, federally funded refurbishment. The goals of the project were twofold: to bring the site’s treasure trove of historical artifacts, documents, and other archival material up to speed with modern-day preservation standards; and to entice post-Baby Boomers to learn more about the Roosevelts and their important contribution to American history. To that end, a number of new, state-of-the-art permanent exhibits have been installed. With the help of modern technology, visitors can now experience one of the president’s famous Fireside Chats in an immersive theater done up with period furnishings, including a 1940s-era radio; poke around, via a touch screen, with the items FDR kept on his Oval Office desk; and tour a recreation of the White House map room, which uses animation, time lines, and other features to outline his World War II strategy.