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Our Mission

Mission of the Theodore Roosevelt Center

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University (DSU) preserves and analyzes the legacy of America’s 26th president, one of the most remarkable statesmen and intellectuals in American history. Launched in 2009, the Center has proactively accomplished this objective through the following major initiatives:

President Woodrow Wilson (portrayed by Dr. Paul Vickery) talks with high school students about his role in World War I
President Woodrow Wilson (portrayed by Dr. Paul Vickery) discusses his actions during World War I with students, Theodore Roosevelt Symposium 2014
  • Hosting an annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium on the DSU campus and in Medora, North Dakota. Now in its 10th year, the symposium has featured more than two dozen acclaimed speakers and authors while attracting thousands of visitors and scholars from all over the world.
  • In 2011, creating the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library to serve as a repository for all Roosevelt-related documents, photographs, and ephemera, providing instant access over the internet in a well-organized, comprehensible manner.
  • Facilitating adult and student volunteer experiences and student internships, through which participants make a genuine and needed contribution to creating the digital library.
  • Offering national and state-level educational programming, using primary resources. We were among the pilot group of sites presenting the Presidential Primary Sources Project to students in grades 6-12. Sponsored by Internet2, these live interactive sessions explore American history themes through the documents and artifacts of our Presidents. Students are able to ask questions of staff at the participating sites. In addition to this national education outreach, we have offered educational sessions in North Dakota and in Colorado, and we welcome requests or proposals from teachers for interactive sessions with their classrooms.
  • Providing reference services to website visitors, including scholars and schoolchildren, professional researchers and popular media. We help users locate and understand the primary source materials in the digital library.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center is located on DSU’s historic 100-acre campus in Dickinson, a southwestern North Dakota community voted by livability.com in 2013 as America’s best small town. DSU appears in the 2015 Best Colleges Report and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the Midwest. One of 11 institutions in the North Dakota University System, DSU offers 51 bachelor’s degrees, four associate degrees and two certificate programs in Dickinson, Bismarck and Williston.

The university’s mission is to provide high-quality accessible programs, promote excellence in teaching and learning, support scholarly and creative activities, and provide services relevant to the economy, health and quality of life of the citizens of North Dakota.

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