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Notes from the National Park Vagabond: Crater Lake National Park

Sep 07, 2016

Crater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902. It includes the deepest lake in North America (approximately 1943 feet), and perhaps the cleanest large body of water in the world. The deep blue of the lake is almost unbelievable. If you haven’t seen it in person, I hope you will plan a trip soon.

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Posted by Valerie Naylor on Sep 07, 2016 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Republican National Convention of 1904

Aug 29, 2016

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.

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Posted by Kip Thorson on Aug 29, 2016 in Current Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Notes from the National Park Vagabond: Devils Tower and Jewel Cave National Monuments

Aug 04, 2016

Because 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. Consolidation can ensure that the collections have the proper space and environmental controls, and they can often be tended by one curator.

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Posted by Valerie Naylor on Aug 04, 2016 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Tremendous Respect and Admiration

Jul 28, 2016

Occasionally, 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’s 26th President.

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Posted by Catherine Kerner on Jul 28, 2016 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

A Woman with Agency: The First White House Social Secretary

Jul 20, 2016

While cataloging correspondence from the Library of Congress Manuscripts Division, I came across the typewritten words of a woman who held the position of “Social Secretary” 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 20th 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? 

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Posted by Emily Perkins on Jul 20, 2016 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Well-wishes and Caricatures

Jul 12, 2016

When I applied for the Theodore Roosevelt Center’s digital cataloging internship, I admittedly knew only a little about Theodore Roosevelt—either as a leader or a personality. In preparation, I did a good deal of research about this man I knew was a towering figure of American history. What I found was an enigma—a man who was many things to many people, but was always singularly himself. 

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Posted by Rachel Manuszak on Jul 12, 2016 in Digital Library  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)  |  Share this post

Notes from the National Park Vagabond: Wind Cave National Park

Jun 08, 2016

Wind Cave NP was established by an Act of Congress, with a signature from Theodore Roosevelt, on January 9, 1903. It was the second national park TR established during his presidency.

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Posted by Valerie Naylor on Jun 08, 2016 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Notes from the National Park Vagabond: On the Road with the TR Center

Jun 01, 2016

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.

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Posted by Valerie Naylor on Jun 01, 2016 in Current Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

Naylor Joins TR Hunt

May 18, 2016

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. 

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Posted by Pamla Kukla on May 18, 2016 in Current Events  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

The Nature of Politics: From Slanderer and Liar to Ally

Apr 26, 2016

A well-known cartoon by Homer Davenport depicts a reverent Uncle Sam clasping TR on the back. The cartoon is captioned, “He’s good enough for me.” Perhaps the cartoon contributed to TR securing his 1904 presidential win. TR writes to Davenport afterward, thanking him for the cartoon “with all my heart.” Mutual sentiment and respect it seems. Or was it?

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Posted by Pamla Kukla on Apr 26, 2016 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)  |  Share this post
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