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Music and Adventure at the Symposium

Sep 29, 2010

Hiking to the Petrified Forest in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

In my first review of the Symposium, I covered the lectures and panels. Now, I’d like to let you know what happened once the lectures were done. Friday night, Dr. Tim Justus, chair of the Dickinson State University Music department, and a musical ensemble, presented a program, “Music in the White House: 1901-1909.” The musical selections were pieces that would have been heard regularly in the Roosevelt White House during social occasions. The program included three John Philip Sousa marches, “Le Coin Des Enfants” by Claude Debussy and several ragtime pieces. Alice Roosevelt was the first to request a rag piece at the White House in 1906. The United States Marine Corps Band responded with Scot Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag,” which was also played during this concert. Dr. Bruce Southard, Director of Choral Activities at DSU, joined the ensemble to perform popular vocal pieces of the time including “Shine On Harvest Moon” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” I thought this was a fitting ending to a day where we had discussed so often how Theodore Roosevelt was a man of his time and context. Listening to this music put me right back into the Victorian state of mind.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 29, 2010 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Reviewing the Symposium

Sep 27, 2010

Last week, over 625 people attended the events included in this year’s Theodore Roosevelt Symposium. Our theme this year was Roosevelt as president.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 27, 2010 in Current Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

A Letter from Lady Gregory

Sep 20, 2010

One of our interns shares a favorite letter from Irish author Lady Gregory to Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

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Posted by Lindsey Fresta on Sep 20, 2010 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

The Symposium Starts this Evening!

Sep 16, 2010

 

The 2010 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium kicks off this evening, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Stickney Auditorium in May Hall here at Dickinson State University.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 16, 2010 in Upcoming Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

The Quiet Inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt

Sep 14, 2010

On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot while shaking hands with attendees at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Eight days later, on September 14, 1901, in a quiet ceremony inside Ansley Wilcox’s home, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office and officially became the 26th president of the United States.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 14, 2010 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

The Evolution of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Sep 10, 2010

 

One of our summer interns shares her attachment to Theodore Roosevelt Island after cataloging its digital items during her time with the TR Center.

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Posted by Lauren Miller on Sep 10, 2010 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Partners in Digitization

Sep 08, 2010

Our early presidents have no official presidential libraries. The first such library was established in 1939 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt donated his papers to the federal government.

Because of the late establishment of presidential libraries, no definitive repository exists for Theodore Roosevelt’s archival materials. While the Library of Congress and Harvard University hold large collections, many more of Roosevelt’s papers are scattered in libraries and archives throughout the country.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 08, 2010 in Digital Library  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Celebrating Citizenship on Labor Day

Sep 06, 2010

On Labor Day, September, 7, 1903, Theodore Roosevelt gave an address to New York Lieutenant Governor Frank W. Higgins and attendants at the New York State Fair.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 06, 2010 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

A White House Renovation

Sep 02, 2010

The White House yesterday released pictures of the remodeled Oval Office. Calm, soothing colors permeate the room with reupholstered sofas and a new rug. Upon the rug are quotes from some of the nation’s most respected leaders: Martin Luther King Jr. (though his quote is disputed), Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and, lastly, Theodore Roosevelt. It is fitting, then, that we take a moment to look at the first major restoration and renovation project at the White House, undertaken by the Roosevelts in 1902. The Rooseveltian renovation aimed to turn the damp and dark mansion into a symbol of the presidency itself.

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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 02, 2010 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

The Symposium is Upon Us!

Sep 01, 2010

The fifth annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium will be held at Dickinson State University from September 16-18, 2010. Our focus this year is Roosevelt’s presidency from September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909.


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Posted by Krystal Thomas on Sep 01, 2010 in Current Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post