Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service that commemorates the childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States http://www.nps.gov/thrb
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A National Park site consisting of Theodore Roosevelt's reconstructed childhood home. Free public tours are offered at 10 and 11 am, and 1,2,3, and 4 pm

Mission: That, in order to preserve in public ownership historically significant properties associated with the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the Secretary of the Interior may acquire, by donation from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the sites and structures known as the Theodore Roosevelt. House situated at Twenty-eight and Twenty-six East Twentieth Street, New York City, consisting of approximately eleven one-hundredths of an acre, and Sagamore Hill, consisting of not to exceed ninety acres at Cove Neck, Oyster Bay, Long Island, and the improvements thereon, together with the furnishings and other contents of the structures. - Public Law 87-547

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Originally intended as a military show of force, the two year mission of Great White Fleet turned into a diplomatic one....
02/22/2021

Originally intended as a military show of force, the two year mission of Great White Fleet turned into a diplomatic one. After a successful voyage around the world, the Great White Fleet was welcomed home to the United States by #President Theodore Roosevelt and the American public on February 22, 1909. He gave a speech praising the accomplishment of the #GreatWhiteFleet. #TheodoreRoosevelt #FindYourPark #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace

Image: Picture of the speech Theodore Roosevelt gave on February 22 for the return of the Great White Fleet..

In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt picked Charles W. Anderson to be IRS collector of lower Manhattan in New York .He would be r...
02/20/2021

In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt picked Charles W. Anderson to be IRS collector of lower Manhattan in New York .He would be responsible for the Wall Street district. Booker T. Washington liked the appointment and wanted it to be confirmed by the senate quickly. #TheodoreRoosevelt #CharlesWAnderson #BookerTWashington
#BlackHistoryMonth @ [134960206564573:274:Booker T. Washington National Monument]
Image: Letter from Booker T. Washington to Theodore Roosevelt about the appointment of Charles W. Anderson

Theodore's Thursday Thoughts:"Every great nation owes to the men whose lives have formed part of its greatness not merel...
02/18/2021

Theodore's Thursday Thoughts:

"Every great nation owes to the men whose lives have formed part of its greatness not merely the material effect of what they did, not merely the laws they placed upon the statue-books or the victories they won over armed foes, but also the immense but indefinable moral influence produced by their deeds and words themselves upon the national character." #TheodoreRoosevelt #THRB #FindYourPark #MountRushmore #GeorgeWashinton #ThomasJefferson #AbrahamLincoln

-Forum (February 1895)

Image: Color photo of Mount Rushmore with the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

Have you been married? If so, where? #OTD "Princess" Alice Roosevelt, Theodore's famous, beautiful, and glamorous first ...
02/17/2021

Have you been married? If so, where? #OTD "Princess" Alice Roosevelt, Theodore's famous, beautiful, and glamorous first daughter, married Nick Longworth on February 17, 1906, in the White House.
#TheodoreRoosevelt #FindYourPark #TR #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #Family
Black and white photo of Alice Roosevelt in her wedding gown.

02/15/2021
Presidents' Day

Come commemorate #PresidentsDay by taking a ranger-guided tour of the 26th president's birthplace and childhood home! #TR #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #TheodoreRoosevelt #PresidentialHistory #Presidents #NYCHistory #VirtualProgramming #FindYourPark Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Friends of Sagamore Hill Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Theodore Roosevelt National Park

02/14/2021
Presidents' Day

Come commemorate #PresidentsDay by taking a ranger-guided tour of the 26th president's birthplace and childhood home! #TR #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #TheodoreRoosevelt #PresidentialHistory #Presidents #NYCHistory #VirtualProgramming #FindYourPark Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Friends of Sagamore Hill Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Theodore Roosevelt National Park

02/14/2021

Explore the 26th Presidents' childhood home! #TR #TheodoreRoosevelt #Presidents #PresidentsDay #presidentialHistory

On this day, February 14, Valentine’s Day 1884, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother and wife pass away in the family’s New York ...
02/14/2021

On this day, February 14, Valentine’s Day 1884, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother and wife pass away in the family’s New York City residence. His mom, Martha "Mittie" Bulloch, dies of typhoid in the morning. A few hours later, his wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, who had given birth to baby Alice a few days prior, dies of Bright’s disease. #TheodoreRoosevelt #tragedy #ValentinesDay #TR

Image: Theodore Roosevelt's journal entry on February 14, 1884, is marked by a large “X” and the notation, “The light has gone out of my life” (Source. Library of Congress.)

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site's cover photo
02/13/2021

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site's cover photo

02/11/2021

No better way to celebrate #PresidentsDay than to take a tour of the 26th President's Birthplace! Come join in exploring five re-created period rooms to examine how much of TR's childhood influenced the man he would become! #TR #TheodoreRoosevelt #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #PresidentialHistory #NYCHistory #VirtualProgramming #HouseTour

Tragedy struck young Theodore Roosevelt on February 9, 1878, when his hero and father Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. succumbed ...
02/09/2021

Tragedy struck young Theodore Roosevelt on February 9, 1878, when his hero and father Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. succumbed to bowel cancer at his home in New York City. #TheodoreRoosevelt #FindYourPark #TheodoreSr. #Death #Anniversary

Image: Portrait photo of Theodore Sr.

#OTD: On February 8th, 1896, Jacob Riis took New York Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt on a tour of the horrible P...
02/08/2021

#OTD: On February 8th, 1896, Jacob Riis took New York Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt on a tour of the horrible Police Lodging houses where poor people stayed. After seeing how bad they were, Theodore Roosevelt promised to clean them up. He closed them a week later. #TheodoreRoosevelt #NewYorkPoliceCommissioner #JacobRiis

Image: Black and White photo of New York City Police Commissioner Roosevelt sitting down at his desk.

In January, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt responded to the unfair treatment of Postmaster Minnie M. Cox.Minnie M. C...
02/05/2021

In January, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt responded to the unfair treatment of Postmaster Minnie M. Cox.
Minnie M. Cox was one of the first African American Postmaster. Since the post Civil War reconstruction policy was being changed, the citizens of Indianola wanted her job eliminated. They hoped it would be replaced by somebody that was white. Theodore Roosevelt did not accept her resignation. He closed the post office until she was reinstated and re-routed the mail to other post offices. After she left the town out of fear for her safety, Theodore Roosevelt punished the Post office of the Indianola. He got the Attorney General to prosecute the people who harassed her. He also lowered the status of the post office. #TheodoreRoosevelt #MinnieCox #BlackHistoryMonth

Image of Black and white newspaper clipping with headline that reads "Post Office Abolished. Radical Action Taken By President in Indianola Case. Upholds Negress. Roosevelt Issues a Statement Praising Post Mistress--Cabinet Approves This Action."

Theodore Thursday thoughts: "This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make i...
02/04/2021

Theodore Thursday thoughts:
"This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in." #TheodoreRoosevelt #TheodoreRooseveltbirthplace #findyourpark
photo of Theodore Roosevelt with his fist in the air.

On February 1, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt created the National Forest Service​, an agency who's mission is to "s...
02/01/2021

On February 1, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt created the National Forest Service​, an agency who's mission is to "sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations" across 154 national forests and 20 grasslands. #TheodoreRoosevelt #THRB #FindYourPark #USForestService

Image: National Forest Service Ranger surveying the land. Fire protection Ranger

OTD: On January 30th, 1794, Theodore Roosevelt's paternal grandfather, Cornelius van Shaack Roosevelt was born in New Yo...
01/30/2021

OTD: On January 30th, 1794, Theodore Roosevelt's paternal grandfather, Cornelius van Shaack Roosevelt was born in New York City. He lived with his wife on the corner of 14th St. and Broadway, "fronting Union Square." Look closely at the historic image of Abraham Lincolns funeral procession coming up Broadway- do you see the two boys leaning out the second story window? Those two boys are believed to be TR & his younger brother Elliot, both at their grandparents' house! Today, on what was Cornelius' home sits a Capital One bank. Just south of that building, there still stands a Roosevelt Building (corner of 13th & Broadway). Next time you're in the neighborhood, take a look for yourself!

If you haven't already done so, and are interested, please sign up for our 2pm program: "A Young Theodore Roosevelt." Du...
01/28/2021

If you haven't already done so, and are interested, please sign up for our 2pm program: "A Young Theodore Roosevelt." During the program, we will be giving a virtual tour of the birthplace, and examining how TR's childhood influenced his adult life. To register, please click this link, and you will be sent a Zoom invite. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHom-0qmeaIKOb1JAzptX4kSkCHqt-ZBu578E3nMitq_4amQ/viewform These programs will be recorded, and we'll be sure to update you when the recording is on our website. #TR #TheodoreRoosevelt #PresidentialHistory Theodore Roosevelt National Park USS Theodore Roosevelt Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Friends of Sagamore Hill

"No man can do both effective and decent work in public life unless he is a practical politician on the one hand, and a ...
01/26/2021

"No man can do both effective and decent work in public life unless he is a practical politician on the one hand, and a sturdy believer in Sunday-school politics on the other. He must always strive manfully for the best, and yet, like Abraham Lincoln, must often resign himself to accept the best possible." #TheodoreRoosevelt #WiseWords #history #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace
– New York State Assemblyman Theodore Roosevelt's speech at Buffalo, New York, "The Duties of American Citizenship" (January 26, 1883)

Did you know that Wichita Game Preserve (now Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge​) was the first game preserve that #TR cr...
01/24/2021

Did you know that Wichita Game Preserve (now Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge​) was the first game preserve that #TR created? Later, he created federal game preserves at Grand Canyon National Park​, Fire Island in Alaska, and National Bison Range Refuge Complex​ in Montana. Discover and explore these parks today! #20/20parkvision.

Photograph of Bison (from U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service)

Theodore's Thursday Thoughts: "Bodily Vigor is good and vigor of the intellect is even better, but far above both is goo...
01/21/2021

Theodore's Thursday Thoughts:

"Bodily Vigor is good and vigor of the intellect is even better, but far above both is good character." #TheodoreRoosevelt #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #FindyourPark

-The Strenuous Life

image: black and white photo of Theodore Roosevelt.

Today we can easily communicate with people in Britain, but in 1903 #OTD January 19th, the first two-way #communication ...
01/19/2021

Today we can easily communicate with people in Britain, but in 1903 #OTD January 19th, the first two-way #communication between Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII occurred through Morse code. Theodore Roosevelt praised the technology and wished the British people well. How has communication technology changed during your lifetime? #TheodoreRoosevelt #KingEdwardVII #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #technology

Images: Photograph of Theodore Roosevelt sitting in chair next to a globe. Photograph of King Edward VII standing up. The telegram from Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII

Join #ParkRangers & Presidential Primary Sources Project on Jan. 28th at 11am & 2 pm EST as they host a #VirtualTour  of...
01/17/2021

Join #ParkRangers & Presidential Primary Sources Project on Jan. 28th at 11am & 2 pm EST as they host a #VirtualTour of #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplaceNationalHistoricSite
#HistoryAlive #TheodoreRoosevelt #PresidentialBirthplaces #NYC #FindYourPark #NationalParks #virtualprogramming

Screen shot of Ranger in upper right corner giving a slideshow presentation. On slide is an arrowhead icon and words "the mission of the National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."

#OTD January 16,1906, the Algeciras Conference opens, with #TheodoreRoosevelt hoping to mediate a disagreement between F...
01/16/2021

#OTD January 16,1906, the Algeciras Conference opens, with #TheodoreRoosevelt hoping to mediate a disagreement between France and Germany over Morocco.

Image: Political cartoon from Harper’s Weekly magazine entitled “Morocco via Algeciras.” President Roosevelt marches, with his famous “Big Stick” resting over his right shoulder, in front of a long line of elephants, armored as tanks. Source: Library of Congress.

Theodore's Thursday Thought:"As long as this Republic endures or its history is known, so long shall the memory of the B...
01/14/2021

Theodore's Thursday Thought:

"As long as this Republic endures or its history is known, so long shall the memory of the Battle of Gettysburg likewise endure and be known; and as long as the English tongue is understood, so long shall Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg speech thrill the hearts of mankind..."

-Gettysburg, PA (May 30, 1904)

Image: black and white photograph of Theodore Roosevelt giving a speech (Library of Congress)
#TheodoreRoosevelt #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #President #speech

#OTD in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the act that created Grand Canyon National Monument. Upon its dedicati...
01/12/2021

#OTD in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the act that created Grand Canyon National Monument. Upon its dedication, he asked his audience "...to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind...to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it." How will you protect Grand Canyon National Park​? #TheodoreRoosevelt #FindYourPark #GrandCanyonNationalPark #AntiquitiesAct #Quotes
Photo of Grand Canyon

Have you ever visited Wind Cave National Park? On January 9, 1903 Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill creating Wind Cave ...
01/09/2021

Have you ever visited Wind Cave National Park? On January 9, 1903 Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill creating Wind Cave National Park. This was the first national park dedicated to protecting a cave and the eighth national park ever created in the United States. #TheodoreRoosevelt #FindYourPark #WindCaveNPS #OTD @ [127899503922510:274:Wind Cave National Park]

Learn more at Wind Cave National Park at https://www.nps.gov/…/historycu…/learning-about-the-park.htm

Image: A fossil and box work formation inside Wind Cave.

Theodore's Thursday Thoughts:"Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to ot...
01/07/2021

Theodore's Thursday Thoughts:
"Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with the other nations of the earth, and we must behave as beseems a people with such responsibilities." (Inaugural Address March 4,1905)

Image: 1903 United States of America map (National Archives)

#TheodoreRoosevelt #InauguralAddress #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #USA

01/06/2021
Who Shot TR?

Join Ranger Alyssa as she shares with you documentation and the story of an incredible moment in TR's life.

01/06/2021
TR's Rise to the Presidency

Ever wonder what it takes to be President? Join Alyssa as she shares documents and stories of TR's journey to become president. #PresidentialHistory #TheodoreRoosevelt #TR #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace

01/06/2021
TR Funeral

Today, (102 years ago) we lost a great leader, Theodore Roosevelt. What do you think his greatest legacy was? Join us today for various talks starting at noon to consider how TR's story endures today in our own lives.

#TR #TheodoreRoosevelt #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace #OysterBay #Funeral #Anniversary

Silent film of TR's funeral from the Library of Congress.

01/05/2021
A Teddy's Story

What's in a name? More than you may realize! Come join Ranger Alyssa who will share the intriguing history behind the name "Teddy Bear." You may not see your stuffed bear in quite the same light again! #TeddyBear #PresidentialHistory #TR #TheodoreRoosevelt #TeddyRoosevelt #TheodoreRooseveltBirthplace Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Just a reminder. On Jan. 6th at 1:00pm watch our virtual program honoring the life of #TheodoreRoosevelt.Bully!
01/03/2021

Just a reminder. On Jan. 6th at 1:00pm watch our virtual program honoring the life of #TheodoreRoosevelt.

Bully!

01/01/2021
A Teddy's Story

What's in a name? More than you may realize! Come join Ranger Alyssa who will share the intriguing history behind the name "Teddy Bear." You may not see your stuffed bear in quite the same light again!

01/01/2021
Hyde Park Indian Club Video

Many people's #NewYearsResolution includes using a gym, and perhaps using weights. #TheodoreRoosevelt had a gymnasium on the back patio behind his nursery, where he used even bars to "build his body." Today in the nursery, visitors see things that look like bowling pins or mini baseball bats. What are they? They are called "indian clubs"! We wonder... will they ever make a comeback in gyms today? See if you can spot the indian clubs on our virtual tour! www.nps.gov/thrb
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Library of Congress Black and white video from 1904 showing 4th graders swinging indian clubs in unison. Indian clubs were excercise equipment of the time period.

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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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I thought you might enjoy a song I wrote after reading Bully Pulpit, a jilted love song from Taft to TR. It’s part of collection of historically-oriented songs that I just released about U.S. Presidents. Most lyrics are first-person fictional narratives. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z8wP8Nl5EU&list=OLAK5uy_nfE28vA4KXUTqfLemy-o-YQz2T7hfMwl0&index=8 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/41J1Kvt3AGRbabXgGnCuLB?si=YzNVZN97SoyRKYaXpUXZqQ Lyrics and Commentary: http://davidwj.com/potus.shtml
Came across these postcards from my husband's collection and thought you would enjoy seeing.
Waiting to start my tour
9/11/2001 Memorial
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TR at the Hampton Classic Grand Prix Ring in Bridgehampton 🐎
was he the reason for our National Park Service and the nickname Teddy?😎🏳️🏴‍☠️🇦🇮🇺🇳🚓🚀🚁🦋🐝🦄🙉🙊🙈⚾️⛹️‍♂️
Dropped by to visit the site and took the guided tour today. The rangers were awesome, polite, well informed and answered all the questions. Highly recommend visiting
Love the park,i will be the someday
The dedication actually occurred on March 18, 1911, a Saturday. 0920: Roosevelt special pulls into Sante Fe Station. Edith and his daughter Ethel are with him. Archie is with them as well. 1615: The car bearing TR rounds the point and he gets first view of the dam. 11 gun salute sounds. His car climbs to the top of the hill and he walks down, with an escort including Apache Indians, to the dam and gives a speech. 1700 TR gives a speech dedicating the Roosevelt Dam. The Republican publishes 700 additional copies to commemorate the event.
Really enjoyed my visit to the birthplace. Staff made the experience special. They were knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. I especially enjoyed. Ms. Rasmussen's walking tour. She brought the connections between Theodore and the area into sharp focus. I could not recommend a visit there highly enough.
Visited Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace on Sunday, 2/17. This is the picture my daughter and I were telling you about that was taken with TR Joe. It was taken at Grey Towers in Milford, PA(the home of Gifford Pinchot) in either 2010 or 2011.