The Upper Gallery is currently closed for renovations.
These renovations will improve preservation of artifacts and enhance the visitor experience. The Lower Gallery has been reopened, its exhibits are methodically being returned. Period room tours are offered at the regularly scheduled times.
'The Adventures of the Crooked House'
In the fall of 1908 through winter of 1909, Senator Aldrich and the House of Representatives began demanding an inquiry into President Roosevelt's inflammatory words against Congress. Prior to Congress' call to action, Roosevelt insinuated that Congress did not "wish to be investigated" by the Secret Service and that Congress maybe a "criminal class." During this period, Roosevelt was trying to expand the Secret Service's role from Presidential security and counterfeiting to also include investigations on issues he deemed necessary i.e. anti-trust probes. Congress was wary of the increasingly expanding presidential powers and reports that the Secret Service was being utilized by the president to harass political opponents.
The image by Louis M. Glacksens, published in Puck Magazine, on February 3, 1909, illustrates the untrusting relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and Congress. Roosevelt (as Sherlock Holmes) and Uncle Sam (as Watson) are spying on Congress while an elderly man representing special privileges is looking out of the transom above the door.
Did You Know?
Pelican Island was proclaimed the first U.S. National Wildlife Refuge by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903. This action was taken by the president to protect the island's birds from plume hunters. It also contributed to T.R. being known as one of the world's greatest conservationists.