About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of
Historic Places registration file for the "Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site" (Ansley
Wilcox House; with photographs) and other source material. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site was written by Ann Marie Brogan-Linnabery, former Chief of Interpretation, Theodore
Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. The lesson was edited by Fay Metcalf, education consultant, and the Teaching with Historic Places staff. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: This lesson could be used in U.S. history,
social studies, and geography courses in units on
Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, the Progressive
Era, or government and politics. It will help
students understand the circumstances under
which Theodore Roosevelt first became President
of the United States and how his policies and
actions modernized the presidency.
Time period: 1901-1909
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
Relevant Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Find your state's social studies and history standards for grades Pre-K-12
Objectives for students
1) To explain the events surrounding William
McKinley's assassination and determine how
this impacted the course of national and world
2) To consider the historical significance of the
house where Roosevelt became our 26th
3) To discover how Theodore Roosevelt changed
long-standing political and social policies and
became a champion of the common man.
4) To locate a historical building in their community
and trace how its location, purpose, and
architecture changed over time.
Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a smaller, low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger version.
1) one map of New York State and the surrounding area;
2) four readings about how Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States and how his inauguration marked a turning point in the role of the presidency;
3) two drawings and three photos of Delaware Avenue, Roosevelt's inauguration, and the Wilcox house (Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site).
Visiting the site
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic
Site is operated by the Theodore Roosevelt
Inaugural Site Foundation under a cooperative
agreement with the National Park Service. For
more information, contact the Theodore Roosevelt
Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware
Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202, or visit the park's Web