Who We Are

About ERVK

Val-Kill is where I used to find myself and grow. At Val-Kill, I emerged as an individual. -Eleanor Roosevelt


In 1977, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) was established to preserve Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic home located in the beautiful Hudson Valley Region in upstate New York. Shortly after its foundation, benefactors of the organization, inspired by the fearless crusades and remarkable resilience of Eleanor's life story, furthered their commitment to the First Lady's legacy. In the years following its creation, ERVK continued to grow and evolved under the auspices of Eleanor Roosevelt, as First Lady of the World, author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, compassionate global citizen, and friend to all. The dedication she gave to liberty, justice, and compassion for all, has remained the mission of ERVK in the decades since its conception.

In 1985, Val-Kill land was claimed by the U.S. National Parks Service (NPS) and ERVK grew to take-on a new role of programmatic operation, as a not-for-profit organization. The unique partnership forged in this merger continues to present its community and clientele with collaborative initiatives and events.  

Today, ERVK, which is still housed at Val-Kill, seeks to inspire and empower individuals and communities under the auspices of Eleanor's leadership legacy. Our dynamic programming, spans youth development and leadership initiatives, community empowerment events, and global recognition ceremonies for fearless agents of change in our contemporary global society. It is our mission and our dedication to breathe new life into the precedents set and legacies left behind by First Lady of the World, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. 

For more information on the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site click here.

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