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

    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural

    National Historic Site New York

Site Guide Book

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation is very pleased to offer to the public its site guide book. Twenty-four pages long, the booklet is filled with wonderful photographs, informative text, and engaging quotations.

Black-and-white images from the turn of the last century are used alongside vivid color images depicting the restored home of Ansley Wilcox. Readers have a chance to learn more about the Pan-American Exposition, William McKinley’s fateful 1901 trip to Western New York, as well as Theodore Roosevelt’s solemn inauguration in the library of Ansley Wilcox’s stately Delaware Avenue residence. A brief biography of the man who began his presidency in Buffalo is included, as is a short synopsis concerning the life and career of Ansley Wilcox. Additionally, the long and varied history of the building and property is explored: from its early days as part of the Buffalo Barracks during the 1830s and 1840s, through its more than eighty years as a private home; its subsequent transformation into a fashionable restaurant, as well as the long struggle to preserve the structure as a National Historic Site. Finally, a list of "Other Theodore Roosevelt Related Sites and Resources" is included at the back of the guidebook.

The new booklet makes a great souvenir and is a must-have for anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt and/or the site of his unusual inauguration. It is currently for sale in the gift shop for $5.95, plus tax. Phone orders are also being accepted at 716-884-0095. (Please note that phone or mail orders are subject to a shipping and handling fee.)

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