Ken Burns New York City Event Spotlights the Roosevelts

Posted by Tom Armstrong on 9/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, New York City

plazaWith America enthralled by Ken Burns’s epic new documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, we’re proud to announce that during our New York City Event, an in-depth, five-day exploration of New York City, Burns himself will be there to provide insights on the Roosevelt family. The Event will take place October 1 – 5, 2015, and guests will stay at the iconic Plaza Hotel.

kb photoThe highlight of The Tauck New York City Event, a special one-time experience co-designed by Burns and Tauck, will be Burns’s keynote address at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, featuring clips from several of his New York-centered documentaries including the new Roosevelts film and Brooklyn Bridge.  Immediately following the keynote, a cocktail and dessert reception will give guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with Burns.  Guests will be further immersed in the New York City of the Roosevelts during a presentation by Geoffrey C. Ward, who wrote the Roosevelts film and co-wrote the companion book with Burns, and who has collaborated on Burns’s films dating back to 1984, including the landmark 1990 documentary series The Civil War.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns that chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.

Roosevelt houseWhile at the Tauck New York City Event, guests will take an in-depth tour of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s home on East 65th Street, where FDR convalesced from his 1921 polio attack, where the president-elect started planning the New Deal and selecting his cabinet, and where he gave his address to the nation the day after his election in 1932. The historic townhouse was a gift from FDR’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, who built the home as a wedding present for her son and his new bride. Stipulating that the home be designed with two dining rooms, two kitchens, two pantries, and two elevators, Sara then moved into the home with the newlywed couple.  
The Tauck New York City Event will explore other elements of the city’s history and culture as well during themed daily sightseeing “tracks.” A maximum of 200 attendees will divide into smaller groups of approximately 30 to experience the different tracks on a rotating basis, providing each guest with the same overall itinerary. The Roosevelts (along with the Carnegies, Astors, Fricks and more) will be highlighted in a “New York’s First Families: The Gilded Age” track exploring uptown Manhattan.  Downtown, a “Land of Opportunity” track, will examine the experiences of newly arrived immigrants during a Tauck Exclusive tour of the city’s Tenement Museum, and chronicle the exploits of Wall Street titans. A final track, “New York Innovation,” focuses on midtown Manhattan locations and the people who shaped the city’s past and influence it today.
ellisThe smaller sightseeing groups will reassemble for special gala evenings, including the Ken Burns keynote and reception; a lecture by Kenneth T. Jackson, professor, author and past president of the New York Historical Society; and a private after hours farewell reception and dinner in the majestic Great Hall on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, complete with live music and dancing.
New York City is near and dear to both Tauck and Ken Burns, and possesses special meaning for both.  It has featured prominently in several Ken Burns documentaries, from his very first PBS film Brooklyn Bridge to The Statue of Liberty, The Central Park Five, and Prohibition.  The area has been an equally prominent fixture in the history of Tauck. The grandfather of company chairman Arthur Tauck, Jr. emigrated from Germany in the 1890s and arrived in this country at Ellis Island. After launching the company in 1925, Arthur Tauck, Sr. brought in many guests from the New York City area, and for many years Tauck was headquartered in Manhattan.

We can think of no more fitting way to celebrate our 90th Anniversary in 2015 than co-crafting with Ken Burns a Tauck Event designed to share our love of New York City with our guests.




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