Roosevelt Elkhorn Festival Planned

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) invites the public to join in the Roosevelt Elkhorn Festival on October 8, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the future site of the presidential library in Dickinson, ND.

The TRPLF plans to reconstruct Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch cabin as the first structure on the library campus. Logs gathered from along the Missouri River are already on site, and will be prepared for curing over the winter. Construction will be completed by the fall of 2017.

Master builder Richard Bickel of South Dakota will demonstrate the debarking of the cottonwood logs, hand adzing the timber, cross-cut sawing of boards, and notching and preparing the logs for construction.

The festival will begin with a news conference detailing the plans and progress of the TRPLF’s initiative to re-construct the cabin, as well as updates on the Presidential Library.

Other activities throughout the day include horse teams demonstrating the hauling and lifting of logs, wagon rides, children’s activities, and a community dinner. A scale model of the Elkhorn Ranch cabin and conceptual drawings of the future Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will also be available for the public to view.

For more information, contact Shanna Shervheim at