Explore the Roosevelts' New York City With Ken Burns

Tauck’s New Five-Day New York City Event, Designed with
Ken Burns, Features a Keynote Address and Reception with the Filmmaker

NORWALK, CT (September 23, 2014)  Following last week’s premier of Ken Burns’s new epic, 14-hour documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (which drew nine-million viewers on its first night alone), the filmmaker is offering a unique epilogue of sorts; the chance to explore the New York City of the Roosevelts during an in-depth, five-day exploration of the city co-produced with the 90-year-old guided travel company Tauck.

The highlight of The Tauck New York City Event, a special one-time-only experience slated for October 1 – 5, 2015, will be a keynote address by Burns in Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, featuring clips from several of Burns’s New York-centered documentaries including the new Roosevelts film and Brooklyn Bridge.  Immediately following the keynote, a cocktail and dessert reception will give attendees the opportunity to personally meet and mingle with Burns.  Tauck guests will be further immersed in the New York City of the Roosevelts during a presentation by Geoffrey C. Ward, who co-wrote the companion book to the Roosevelts film with Burns, and who has collaborated on Burns’s films dating back to 1986 with Huey Long and including the landmark 1990 documentary series The Civil War.

While in New York, Tauck guests will also 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 he gave his address to the nation the day after his election in 1932, and where he broadcast many of his famous "fireside chats."  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, two elevators and more, Sara subsequently 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.

The 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 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, which will be celebrating its 90th anniversary during next year’s event in New York City.  The grandfather of company chairman Arthur Tauck, Jr. arrived in Ellis Island after emigrating from Germany in the 1890s, Arthur Tauck, Sr. tapped the New York City market for customers following the company’s launch in 1925, and for many years Tauck was headquartered in Manhattan.

Included in the price for the Tauck New York City Event (from $6,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) are four nights’ accommodations at New York’s iconic The Plaza Hotel, all daily sightseeing and evening activities, all gratuities, most meals, airport transfers, and much more.  Those interested in more information can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit the company’s website at www.tauck.com.

About The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.  Premiering nationwide on PBS from September 14 – 20, 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.

About “Ken Burns American Journeys.”  Through its “Ken Burns American Journeys” partnership, Tauck works with the award-winning filmmaker and his longtime collaborator Dayton Duncan to craft travel experiences that incorporate and explore the themes of Burns’s films, including (among others) Baseball, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Civil War and Jazz.  “Ken Burns American Journeys”  include tours designed in close cooperation with Burns, as well as special “one-off” events which include a personal appearance by Burns (such as The Tauck New York City Event, and The Tauck Jazz Event scheduled for March 25 – 29, 2015 in New Orleans).  The Tauck/Ken Burns tours and events also feature short, Tauck-exclusive filmed vignettes featuring Burns and Duncan, in which the filmmakers share there own personal insights into the places Tauck guests are visiting, and the historic personalities who shaped events there.

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