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A Garden Walk with Eleanor Roosevelt

During World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt planted a “Victory Garden” on the White House Lawn and encouraged other Americans to do the same. Now it's the summer of 1949, and she's hosting a garden picnic at her home in Hyde Park where she's recognizing contributions to the Victory Garden effort.

This interactive program will begin outside in our lovely lawn and memorial wall area (weather-permitting) with a first-person, "up close visit" by Roosevelt, portrayed by Carol Cohen. Afterwards, we'll move inside for refreshments (based on recipes from Eleanor's cookbook) and a more in-depth look at past Victory Gardens as well as their relevance in today's world.


(Adult Summer Reading Participants: Get the secret code at the program, and enter it in Beanstack to receive credit and earn an additional chance to win a prize.)


All attendees will receive seeds to start their own veggie garden and one winner will receive an unframed victory garden poster to take home.


Cohen teaches at Lesley University and is a published historian, playwright, and owner of an educational consulting company. She recently published Begin with a Box: A Hands On Resource for Teaching and Learning and currently is working on a book called Lessons with Eleanor Roosevelt.


Registration is required as space is limited. Call 508/946-2470 or email


Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library for funding this program

Event Location: 
Large Meeting Room