Start at the Henry A Wallace Center and watch the 20 minute orientation film. Next walk to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, which is an inspiring and memorable experience which brings history alive. Interactive touch screens and short movies explain the Great Depression, FDR’s New Deal for America including environmental preservation, bank regulation and Social Security, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and World War II. Rare documents and maps and fascinating artifacts bring you face to face with history. Despite being unable to walk after contracting polio, President Roosevelt led America out of the greatest economic depression in its history, and guided the Allied Powers to victory in World War II. Roosevelt spoke directly to the American people in his fireside chats, and you’ll hear actual segments of his chats as you sit in a 1930’s kitchen, as FDR tells you about the bank collapse and what he’s done about it, and what he wants you to do, and about the progress and challenges of the battlefield. After your visit go for a hike! You can do an 8 mile loop from the FDR Museum along the beautiful Hudson River to the Vanderbilt Mansion, just to the north, which is open to visitors.