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.
The 23 parks that TR created are scattered throughout the American west, so I will be on the road, when my time and budget allows. Who knows what might be out there? I will keep you posted on my travels and what I find along the way.
Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service! This year the TR Center is joining with Valerie Naylor to hunt out the TR related collections in parks dedicated by him.
The 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium will examine Roosevelt as a campaigner. The official symposium image shows Silver Dollar Tabor, a young lady almost as (in)famous in the West as Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt’s article discusses the impact of words and how we as a people can be led by them and hurt by them. He asks his readers to look honestly at the power of words and think about their impact.
The Theodore Roosevelt Center welcomes Pamla Kukla as Outreach and Office Coordinator.
Theodore Roosevelt writes a New Year’s address telling the American people they must make sacrifices at home in order for the war to be won. He includes a statement his son Ted Roosevelt made to his troops.
Today the TR Digital Library published 248 new items. Below are some highlights from the newly published documents.
On January 6, 1870, Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Dora and Thomas Watkins about the Christmas he spent in Rome with his family.
We often hear from descendants of those with whom TR corresponded regarding original letters that have been passed down in their family. Recently, Mark Bardenwerper contacted us about a series of such letters to James Drain. Theodore Roosevelt’s relationships were sometimes based on his passions for reading and hunting. His relationship with James Andrew Drain, president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), was one of those connections.