Lindon (Woody) Wood always had a love of books and an interest in Theodore Roosevelt, but the time he spent in the badlands of North Dakota spurred his interest in TR and prompted him to collect books by and about him.
The North Dakota 65th Legislative Assembly today passed Senate Bill 2003, which provides funds to begin construction of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL) in Dickinson next year. When Gov. Burgum signs the bill, $10.5 million will be available on July 1 for planning, design, and construction plus an additional $750,000 will be available for operations. The bill requires that construction on the TRPL facility be well underway by Dec. 31, 2018.
Often, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) board members and staff are asked why a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt is being built in Dickinson, North Dakota. Why here, why now, and why not in his home state of New York? These are simple questions with complex answers.