•  Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace N.H.S.

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

    National Historic Site New York

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  • 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.

Permits

Roosevelt Catches Boat Thieves

Theodore was a firm believer in obeying rules and following the law. In April, 1886 at Roosevelt's Dakota ranch, three men stole T.R.'s saddles and escaped in his boat. Roosevelt and his men built another one and pursued the thieves for 100 miles on the Little Missouri River until they were captured

A Special Use Permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the park or the public at large. Many of the events that require permits also require some degree of oversight from National Park Service staff.

First Amendment Activities

We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such activities require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples are:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • collecting signatures for petitions

View and print the Special Use Permit Instructions and Requirements for Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Commercial Filming and Photography

A permit is required for any filming or photography done by photojournalists and other members of the media within the boundary of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS. Download and complete the following:

Commercial Filming/Still Photography Application Form

Application Process

To apply for a Special Use Permit, download an application form, fill it out, and send it with the non-refundable application fee of $50 to:

Attn: Special Park Uses

National Park Service

26 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

Please make check or money order payable to the "National Park Service." Also, note that this is an application form only. A permit form will be sent to you as soon as we approve your proposed activity. No Special Use Permit is valid until signed by the Superintendent or other authorized federal official. Please be advised that additional fees may be assessed, depending upon the nature of the activity.

Did You Know?

trb exterior

Theodate Pope Riddle was the architect for the reconstruction of Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in 1919. She also had survived the sinking of the ocean liner 'Lusitania' which was torpedoed on May 7, 1915. Ms. Riddle was one of the first American female architects.