About Us

The Center of a Living Legacy

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill is changing the thoughts and actions of our time by developing transformational leaders empowered to shape their life and the lives of others.

We are inspiring a generation to lead through mind and heart. To understand their rights and the rights of others. To use their voice for determined action. To live to the maximum of one’s abilities and opportunities.

This is the basis for a brighter future.


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Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

The epitome of courage,
The model for respect and dignity,
The lover of all humanity,
The believer in dreams.


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Val-Kill: A Home
and Retreat

/Val·Kill/: a tranquil retreat where many visit to find their “center.”
“The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again,”
– Eleanor Roosevelt


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Meet ERVK’s Staff and Board

What lies in the spirit of America’s most admired woman is a heart for carrying on her legacy.


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Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 18 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.