Roosevelt and the Eccentric Genius Behind the Curtain

Roosevelt and the Eccentric Genius Behind the Curtain

One of the great uncanny moments in the history of American conservation occurred at the Smithsonian Institution in 1887. Taxidermist, naturalist, and wildlife activist William Hornaday (1854-1937) was fussing over the last adjustments on his avant-garde glass box diorama that would display what he called “the finest and most complete series of buffalo . . . ever collected for a museum.” Hornaday was something of a prima donna. He had hung heavy curtains all around the glass box. Absolutely nobody would be permitted to see his taxidermical masterpiece until he determined that the bison display was ready for public viewing.

On an otherwise quiet day an uninvited stranger with an emphatic manner and a falsetto voice started asking questions from outside the protective curtains. 

TR Presidential Library Selects Experience Planning Firm

With Theodore Roosevelt, there are many stories to tell. So many, in fact, that to choose which facets of this fascinating, multi-dimensional character’s life and legacy to present, and how to present them, is a challenging prospect.

This is where story and space combine, and where professional museum planning comes into play. To facilitate this step, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) is hiring a nationally-acclaimed consulting firm that will provide museum planning, experience planning, and financial feasibility services for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL).

North Dakota Legislative Action Accelerates TR Presidential Library Project

North Dakota Legislative Action Accelerates TR Presidential Library Project

In his autobiography, Theodore Roosevelt wrote that he “rose like a rocket” in his political career.  With the close of the North Dakota 65th Legislative Assembly late last month, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) is “rising like a rocket” to meet the new mandates of the state’s legislation pertaining to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL).

Senate Bill 2003, the appropriation bill for the North Dakota University System, includes continued funding for the TRPL. The bill has several facets that affect the approach the foundation will take to building it.