"First Lady of the World"
In early October 2001,
I visited Val-Kill,
the home of Eleanor Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY.
whom President Harry Truman called the "First Lady of
At 19 and barely out of school, Eleanor
enrolled in the Junior League of New York where she taught
calisthenics and dancing to immigrants and in the Consumers' League
where she investigates working conditions in the garment districts.
From then until her death in 1962, her life was a continuous fight for
the oppressed. For more, see the PBS site, Eleanor
|Val-Kill Cottage, a converted
furniture factory, was the only home Eleanor Roosevelt
ever had. She named it after a nearby stream.
"The greatest thing I have learned is
how good it is to come home again," Eleanor Roosevelt
once told a friend, talking about her Val-Kill cottage.