The new Theodore Roosevelt statue in front of Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson, North Dakota
One of the highlights of the 2011 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium was the unveiling of a new statue in Dickinson. Working in cooperation with Stark County, the City of Dickinson, and the Dickinson State University Foundation, the Theodore Roosevelt Center dedicated a new statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the Stark County Courthouse in downtown Dickinson on Friday, October 28, 2011.
The sculptor, Tom Bollinger, speaks during the dedication of the new statue
Sculpted by a Dickinson State alumnus, Tom Bollinger, the statue depicts a young Theodore Roosevelt on the occasion of his first major public speech, delivered on the very site where the statue now stands, during the first Independence Day celebration in Dickinson in July 1886. The sculpture is perhaps one of the only statues in the world showing Theodore Roosevelt dressed in his western garb. The sculpture is life-sized with the 5-foot-8 Roosevelt standing on top of a crate; he holds a copy of his speech in his hand. His hat, gun and spectacles can be seen at his feet.
Detail of the statue; Roosevelt's hat, gun, book and spectacles
The dedication included speeches from Dickinson State University’s acting president, a Stark County commissioner, the mayor of Dickinson and the sculptor himself as well as a short performance by Dickinson State University Chorale students. Excerpts from Roosevelt’s Independence Day speech were recited by Clay Jenkinson.
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Photos courtesy of Krystal Thomas