• A 1901 sketch of Theodore Roosevelt taking the oath of office in Buffalo, NY.

    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural

    National Historic Site New York

Teddy and Me

The focus of this program is for children to learn how things change over time. It begins with a twenty-minute slide presentation outlining Theodore Roosevelt's childhood in the latter half of the 19th century. Discussion involves how his childhood (family, home, furnishings, toys, clothing, etc.) was different from the students' lives today. Following this, an activity is done which compares everyday late 19th century household items, toys, clothes, etc. with their present-day counterparts. Students are asked to explain how the objects are different and why they think the changes have taken place. Allow about twenty minutes for this part of the program. A brief (twenty minute) house tour, continuing the theme of change, concludes the program.

Recommended for grades 2-3. Program length: 1 1/2 hours. Fee - $3.00 per student (for in-house program). All group tours are by reservation only.

We recommend one chaperone per ten students for this activity.

Did You Know?

Theodore Roosevelt on an early airplane.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to fly in an airplane. (It actually happened on October 11, 1910, after he left office. He took a brief flight with Arch Hoxsey, a pilot for the Wright Exhibition Team.) More...