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F. Kennon Moody

Research Services Offered

Since his retirement from Dutchess Community College in 1997, Ken Moody has been an independent researcher. He specializes in the archival documents and photographs of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library – providing research services for a variety of clients.

Ken Moody's research work scope:

  • FDR, his family and personal life, his Administration, his programs, the World Wars, the Great Depression, the New Deal, Eleanor Roosevelt, Roosevelts life in Hyde Park, papers, correspondence, photographs
  • Historic studies of importance such as the research for the Dutchess County Antislavery Project and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati study of Barron Von Steuben's time at Mount Gulian, in Beacon NY, see the write up below
  • Genealogy. Ken Moody's extensive research skills provide the foundation for any geneology services you might need for family historical research


Yalta Conference of Churchill, FDR and Stalin – WWII

His clients have included television productions: a nationally distributed program for the Driftwood Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting entitled “FDR and His Homes,”; a production for Dog House Productions, Dublin, Ireland, based on the life of William Patrick Hitler, the nephew of Adolf Hitler; BBC History Productions; Jewish Americans – A Series by David Grubin. Other research has been done for legal scholars in Alabama and Georgia, historians and authors in many states. Research has also been done for scholars in China, Turkey, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Russia.

Research projects have been varied: Curtis Roosevelt’s autobiography Too Close to the Sun; Robert Rosen’s Saving the Jews FDR and the Holocaust; Thomas Fleming’s The New Dealers’ War and The Illusion of Victory; James Tobin’s The Man He Became: How FDR defied Polio to Win the Presidency;” Tony Freyer's – A Study in Post War Trusts.

Ken Moody also authored An Operational History of the Roosevelt Estate for the National Park Service, and the initial drafts for the narrative tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. His most recent publication is FDR and His Hudson valley Neighbors. See the list of publications for a synopsis of that book.

The cost of research is determined by an hourly fee, plus expenses incurred. Contact us for more information.

Mount Gulian - Baron Von Steuben's Headquarters


In 1783, General Von Steuben was headquartered at Mount Gulian, across the Hudson River from Washington’s headquarters in Newburgh. While at Mount Gulian “The Baron”, as he was often known, learned of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which meant total victory for the new United States and independence from England. Often a footnote in history, Friedrich Von Steuben emerged from obscurity in Europe to become the unsung hero of the Revolutionary War, making a lasting impact on the Continental Army and American history.

A commissioned manuscript: Baron von Steuben by Dr. F. Kennon Moody

Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben and the Verplanck Dwelling of Mount Gulian

Mount Gulian, located on the Hudson River in southern Dutchess County, New York was the colonial homestead of the Verplanck family. In the 1680’s Gulian Verplanck, with partners Francis Rombout and Stephanus van Cortlandt, bought 85,000 acres from the Wappinger Indians. Located seventy five miles north of New York City these acres encompassed approximately one-seventh of contemporary Dutchess County in the area of Beacon/Fishkill.

Towards the end of the Revolutionary War, the Verplanck loaned the use of Mount Gulian to the Continental Army. It was located just across the Hudson River from General Washington’s headquarters in Newburgh and near the Fishkill Supply Depot and Encampment. It was an ideal site for the headquarters of Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Inspector General of the Continental Army. Baron von Steuben used Mount Gulian for his headquarters during 1782-1783.

In 2011 Ken Moody was commissioned to write a paper to provide information about Baron von Steuben’s activities during this period. When was he there? What did he do while in residence there? What plans did he formulate while at Mount Gulian and what did he accomplish. The Massachusetts Society for the Cincinnati (the Society was formed at Mount Gulian) initiated and supported his project.

Any interested person, or researcher, might make arrangements with the offices at Mount Gulian to read and/or use the paper for research. If you are interested please call 845-831-8172 or email the staff at .


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