FDR Hyde Park Foundation Supports Garden Intern

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In June 2023, The Open Space Institute (OSI) announced the recipients of their 2023 Barnabas McHenry Hudson Valley Awards.

The awards provide funding to exceptional undergraduate or graduate students for projects that strengthen and improve communities in New York’s Hudson Valley region.

OSI’s McHenry Awards provide up to $5,000 to each student to partner with regional nonprofits in the fields of environmental conservation, environmental justice, historic preservation, the arts, and tourism.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park Foundation served as the sponsoring organization and recipient of the funds to support an intern to work on projects aimed at furthering the mission of the Foundation, which is to advance the Roosevelt legacy, and support the National Park Service in conserving and enhancing the lands and buildings associated with the Roosevelt family.

Morgan Miller
Morgan Miller
Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller worked with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park Foundation and the National Park Service in Hyde Park to expand the Beatrix Farrand Wild Garden designs collection for education regarding native plants, document the financing and creation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s household and gardens, and establishing a method for visitor evaluation of the park’s garden tours. Miller joined National Park Service horticulturists and other volunteers to study and implement her projects.

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CAITLYN GERMINARO is a Human Services professional whose passion is supporting and advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Caitlyn is a Senior Program Coordinator for a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities and partnering with communities across the Mid-Hudson Valley. In 2022, Caitlyn received a CP State Annual Conference Staff Recognition Award. She also received the 2023 Leadership Dutchess Community Advocate Award and is a graduate of the Leadership Dutchess program. Caitlyn holds a BS from the College of Saint Rose and an MS from Walden University. A golfer, gardener, and sunset enthusiast, she lives in Red Hook, NY, with her husband and their two dogs.

DAVID SCHWARTZ Born in 1951, David grew up in New York City. In 1972, he received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. Following graduation, David began his career with Mikasa, a leader in the Tableware and Housewares industry – first in sales, then in management and as a company principal. Following the company’s initial public offering on the NYSE, David retired from the firm in 1996 and has since made his livelihood as a private investor. Recently, he’s become an active member of the Hudson Valley Start-up Fund, an Investment group that seeks to enable a stronger business ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the Hudson Valley region.

David lives at “Windridge”, a 130 acre former dairy farm (now mostly forested), in Hyde Park, New York. The land adjoins the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

David serves on the Boards of several Hudson Valley non-profits, including the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, the Vassar Haiti Project, and the Mid-Hudson chapter of Mensa.

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