Blog RSS/rss/blog.aspxGreat RSS feedTR and the American Familyhttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/TR-and-the-American-Family.aspxI wonder what TR would say about the state of the American family &ndash; and by extension, the state of the country itself &ndash; in 2016?Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:29:30 +0000Theodore Roosevelt's Wild Ride to the Presidency: Part 2http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/November/Wild-ride-2.aspxOn 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. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:47:45 +0000Theodore Roosevelt's Wild Ride to the Presidency: Part 1http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/November/Wild-ride.aspxIn 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. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:05:20 +0000You Can Be Your Own Historian Toohttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/November/You-Can-Be-Your-Own-Historian-Too.aspxHistorians 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.Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:25:37 +0000Notes from the National Park Vagabond: Mesa Verde National Parkhttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/October/Mesa-Verde.aspxMesa 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.Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:26:30 +0000Notes from the National Park Vagabond: Crater Lake National Parkhttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/Sept/Crater-Lake.aspxCrater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902.&nbsp; It includes the deepest lake in North America (approximately 1943 feet), and perhaps the cleanest large body of water in the world.&nbsp; The deep blue of the lake is almost unbelievable.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t seen it in person, I hope you will plan a trip soon.Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:28:21 +0000Republican National Convention of 1904http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/August/Republican-National-Convention-of-1904.aspxAs 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&rsquo;t help but ponder similarities and differences in our own era. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:59:26 +0000Notes from the National Park Vagabond: Devils Tower and Jewel Cave National Monumentshttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/August/Devils-Tower-and-Jewel-Cave-National-Monuments.aspxBecause 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.&nbsp; Consolidation can ensure that the collections have the proper space and environmental controls, and they can often be tended by one curator.&nbsp;&nbsp;Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:48:02 +0000Tremendous Respect and Admirationhttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/July/Tremendous-Respect-and-Admiration.aspxOccasionally, there were views or policies which raised my 21st Century eyebrows, but the letter which stayed with me long after I first read it; the letter which I mention to anyone who asks about my work this summer, is one that fills me with tremendous respect and admiration for America&rsquo;s 26th President. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:46:03 +0000A Woman with Agency: The First White House Social Secretaryhttp://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Blog/2016/July/A-Woman-with-Agency.aspxWhile cataloging correspondence from the Library of Congress Manuscripts Division, I came across the typewritten words of a woman who held the position of &ldquo;Social Secretary&rdquo; to the White House. The creation date was 1902. The history of women in the White House suddenly fascinated me, as a major part of social history at the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. This is not a time period that I would historically associate with female agency in cosmopolitan American society, much less political inclusion, so I was very curious to know more about her. How did she rise to this position? What did she do? Does the White House still have a Social Secretary position?&nbsp;Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:12:14 +0000