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.
We received in the mail this week a copy of Michael Canfield’s new book Theodore Roosevelt in the Field, published by the University of Chicago Press. Canfield begins by describing artist John Singer Sargent’s efforts to find just the right pose for his portrait of TR.
This week the TR Center published a number of items in the digital library. Here are some highlights from the week’s new items.
Today the TR Center publishes a series of letters between Wharton and Roosevelt. The letters show the depth of the relationship TR had with the great American writer of such works as The Age of Innocence, House of Mirth, and Ethan Frome.
Our next volunteer spotlight is an interview with Polina Vynogradova from Middelburg, the Netherlands. Polina comes from Ukraine and is currently a student at the University College Roosevelt.
This Friday you are invited to take part in a special event during the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will be the presiding judge as history puts Theodore Roosevelt on Trial.
Next week the Tenth Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium will get underway on the campus of Dickinson State University and in Killdeer. This year the symposium will examine TR’s relationship to the law. To mark the occasion, we take a look at a letter that Roosevelt wrote his friend, Patty Selmes, while he was police commissioner of New York City in 1896.
In March of this year, Mount Rushmore began a year of celebration marking its 90 years of history. Artist Gutzon Borglum had his work cut out for him in creating a truly monumental piece of art. One of the most interesting letters in the Arizona Historical Society collection is written by Borglum to Eleanor Roosevelt.
In preparation for our 10th annual symposium this fall, we’ve prepared a collection of items from the digital library related to the symposium theme, “Theodore Roosevelt and the Law.”