I’m fascinated by books and writing. TR’s correspondence offers a glimpse into publication history and who gets to tell a story in print.
El Morro National Monument, established on December 8, 1906, may be the second national monument proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt after the passage of the Antiquities Act. (Devils Tower in Wyoming was the first.) TR established three monuments that day - Petrified Forest, Montezuma Castle, and El Morro. Nobody knows which he proclaimed first, but the last two superintendents of El Morro have assured me, with a wink, that El Morro must have been the first one of the day.
I wonder what TR would say about the state of the American family – and by extension, the state of the country itself – in 2016?
On September 13, news that President McKinley was failing reached Vice President Roosevelt as he was coming down from the mountain at Lake Tear-of-the-Clouds. News had already taken some time to reach him, but Roosevelt calmly continued to eat his dinner. He had no intention of returning to Buffalo unless he was really needed. Upon receiving another message, he made plans to leave the next day. The last message, received at 10 p.m., indicated that the president was dying, and thus Roosevelt began his famous dash through the night to Buffalo.
In 1901, a series of events in Buffalo unfolded that pushed Vice President Theodore Roosevelt into the presidency. This two-part blog post will illustrate the tumultuous turn of events that began at the Pan-American Exposition.
Historians can use the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library for as many books and theses as they may desire to publish. Yet I am contributing to the presentation of a wealth of primary sources which will make it possible for anyone with a thirst for knowledge to, in a wonderful sense, be their own historian.
Mesa Verde was the first national park set aside primarily for its cultural resources. The previous nine national parks were created for their outstanding scenery or natural resources. Today, there are numerous national parks and monuments set aside for their contributions to our cultural heritage.
Crater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902. It includes the deepest lake in North America (approximately 1943 feet), and perhaps the cleanest large body of water in the world. The deep blue of the lake is almost unbelievable. If you haven’t seen it in person, I hope you will plan a trip soon.
As the United States prepares for the 2016 presidential election in November, and the national conventions for both the Republican and Democratic parties held in July are a recent memory, I have been sifting through documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library that pertain to the time period leading up to and shortly after the 1904 Republican National Convention in Chicago. Because of the timing, I couldn’t help but ponder similarities and differences in our own era.
Because many parks do not have adequate museum storage facilities or a dedicated curator, collections from several parks are often stored at central offices or multi-park repositories. Consolidation can ensure that the collections have the proper space and environmental controls, and they can often be tended by one curator.