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.
Naylor is uniquely suited to take on this expedition for tucked-away TR treasures. She was the superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park for 11.5 years, employed in the National Park Service for over 35 years, and is a member of the TR Center Advisory Board, Theodore Roosevelt Association, and Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association.
Naylor will seek out TR materials that might be found at the 5 national parks and 18 national monuments established by TR. “My goal is to get items that are critical but that we haven’t seen before,” she said. Some sites might not have anything or if they do it might be stored elsewhere at a central depository. Naylor proposes to first visit Wind Cave National Park, Sully’s Hill National Park, Platt National Park, and El Morro National Park. “I don’t know how long this will take, but it is material we wouldn’t have a chance to get otherwise,” she said.
Naylor will be contacting the parks prior to visits to establish which locations are the highest priority. If she finds documents at a site, she will then travel there, review the collection, and following TR Center procedure scan and record the documents.
Watch the blog for updates on Naylor’s progress!