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.
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).
The City of Dickinson reaffirmed its support of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL) at its meeting on Monday, June 5, by approving a resolution granting the TRPLF $350,000 in funding to be matched dollar for dollar by private donations to build the Elkhorn Ranch cabin replica.
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF) board of directors had a delightful opportunity to learn from the experience and expertise of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) staff when it traveled to Springfield, Illinois, for its monthly meeting on May 18 &19, 2017.
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.
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation welcomed new board member Kermit Roosevelt III during its May meeting in Springfield, Illinois. Roosevelt is a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the great-great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.
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.
Duey and Char Marthaller recently donated a handcrafted desk to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL). It is an exact replica of the writing desk at which Theodore Roosevelt sat and wrote parts of four books and countless letters home during his mid-1880s sojourn in the badlands of Dakota Territory.
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation Board of Directors selected three consulting firms to help further the Presidential Library project at its meeting in Bismarck, N.D., on Friday, Nov. 11.