Local History

Memorial Day weekend activities launch new D-Day exhibit at FDR site

Memorial Day weekend activities launch new D-Day exhibit at FDR site

Friday-Sunday, May 24-27: June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of what has been called “the Allies’ greatest military achievement” during World War II: the invasion of Normandy on D-Day in 1944. There are 69 documents on display, many never seen in public before, and 39 artifacts including a rare ECM Mark II SIGABA cipher machine that was used to encode the most sensitive transmissions from FDR to Churchill.

Check out Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Check out Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Festa at Italian Center Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19: One doesn’t have to stroll far along the streets of Poughkeepsie’s Mount Carmel district to come across a bakery or restaurant that reaches back into the century-old culinary traditions brought to the Hudson Valley by Italian emigrants. The story goes that Eleanor Roosevelt’s limousine driver would pull up to Caffe Aurora and fetch her a box of pastries to take home to Hyde Park.