Roosevelt organizations challenged to "dream bigger"

On Tuesday, February 20, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) hosted a subcommittee meeting at the Rough Riders Hotel in Medora, bringing together local and national organizations whose missions are inspired by Theodore Roosevelt.

Throughout the day, guests engaged in thoughtful discussion and sparked conversation about the future of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in western North Dakota.

Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer welcomed the participants. Reflecting upon Theodore Roosevelt’s accomplishments and work ethic, he said, “That life of charging up the hill and making a difference for all continues to be important in today’s times. Let’s get to know that life.” His address ignited a sense of pride and unity throughout the room, a great transition into the keynote address by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

Governor Burgum’s speech was uplifting and inspiring. He encouraged all involved to think wider and collaborate together, saying, “I invite you to dream bigger. I challenge all of you to break down whatever it takes — to break through to something more meaningful and more important than you’re thinking now.”

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After his keynote address, an open discussion with the Governor and Theodore Roosevelt Humanities Scholar Clay Jenkinson allowed guests to express their aspirations for advancing the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt. Those who participated in this Q&A included Scott Davis of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission and Theodore Roosevelt V, among others.

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When Theodore Roosevelt V spoke, he addressed what this project means, saying, “You are on the cusp of creating something meaningful. Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy reminds us of the importance of being an American citizen in the broadest sense, and that’s increasingly important work.”

Overall, this meeting proved just how many national and local associations have positive interests in the future of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The event inspired all involved to think about the larger impact of the library and museum. As Ed Schafer concluded in his opening remarks, “We are all here to advance the actions and direction of Theodore Roosevelt to the rest of the world.”

TRPLF elects Serena Roosevelt to its Board of Trustees


The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) has announced the election of Serena Torrey Roosevelt to its Board of Trustees.

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“We are honored to have Serena’s support of our mission in bringing the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to western North Dakota,” said Board Chair Bruce Pitts. “She is an extraordinary woman – one who exemplifies the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt perfectly. We couldn’t be more humbled that she will be on the front lines with us as we build our capital campaign to honor one of the most accomplished presidents in our country’s history.”

Ms. Roosevelt is a strategy, communications and design-thinking consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She recently completed a year at the Stanford University d.school, a hub for innovation, collaboration and creativity. Prior to her time at Stanford, Ms. Roosevelt was the general manager of startup solutions journalism company, NationSwell.

“Serena’s entrepreneurial spirit will guide our strategy to ensure the museum and library becomes a forward-thinking, interactive hub for visitors to find inspiration in discovering their own role in our democratic society, just as Theodore Roosevelt did himself,” said TRPLF CEO Wally Goulet. “We are thrilled to have Serena on our Board.”

From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Roosevelt worked for New York magazine, running communications, strategy, and business development for the outlet and the company’s award-winning digital business. From 1997 to 2003, she served multiple political campaigns and a number of government office-holders, and remains passionately involved in politics.

“I am honored to be joining the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation and very much look forward to partnering with the dedicated men and women who have worked tirelessly to launch this important project. Almost 100 years after Theodore Roosevelt’s extraordinary life ended, it is time for Americans and scholars from around the world to have a place to gather, study, celebrate and advance his work,” said Ms. Roosevelt.

Ms. Roosevelt serves on the Board of Directors of EWG, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to education about and advocacy for environmental health. She was born and raised in New York City, graduated from Brown University, and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, Theodore Roosevelt V, and their three children.