50th Anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

Date & Time
10/29/2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fee Information
Image of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Events throughout the day will include an early morning bird walk, ranger programs, a Theodore Roosevelt reenactor, Civil War reenactors, children’s Teddy Bear storytime, tours of the Island, Island safari walks, games, exhibits, crafts, and food vendors.

Schedule of Events
Sunday, October 29
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Welcome Table, 9-4:30: Located near the footbridge when you cross over to the Island. The Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island will be welcoming visitors to the Island and provide information about the event and opportunities. The table will also have brochures and activities for your visit.

Meet Teddy, 10-3: Meet President Roosevelt through the eyes of Joe Wiegand, an actor and historian who portrays Theodore Roosevelt. Joe’s stories will entertain and inspire you. Joe will be dressed as the president and found throughout the memorial area.

Main Event on the Memorial Plaza, 2-3:
• Remarks by Tweed Roosevelt, TR’s great grandson
• Professor John Cooper, author of The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
• Clay Jenkinson, media personality, scholar, and founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. Jenkinson has written
9 books. He has appeared in several documentaries, including the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: an Intimate History.
• Refreshments! Following the speakers, join us to continue celebrating TR with some cake and beverage on the memorial plaza.

Food, All day starting at 10: A mobile snack bar will be present near the parking and footbridge. Featuring one of TR’s favorites, fried chicken and Indian pudding, also available will be hamburgers and hotdogs, hot and cold drinks and an assortment of other items.

Kids Safari Tours, 10:30 and 12:00 (1hr): Meet at the statue of Theodore Roosevelt. Safari tours that are geared for kids to learn about Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Photos with Teddy Bears, all day on the Memorial Plaza: Kids and kids at heart love to take pictures with the park’s teddy bear cutouts.

Island Safari Tours, 9, 10, 11, 12, 4: Meet at the information table to join a ranger for a one hour walk to explore Theodore Roosevelt and the history of the Island that is home to his memorial.

Island of Trees, 12:30: Meet at the Information Table and enjoy the magic of an autumn day with author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley on this scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the many trees and birds that make this place
home. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water.

Ranger Talks (15min), 10, 11, 12 and 1: Meet on the plaza to join a Ranger to explore the “Conservation President”

Demonstration with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, Company B, 10-4: On the Memorial Plaza meet reenactors of Civil War soldiers who portray the history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the black soldiers in the Civil War. During the Civil War, the 1st United States Colored Troops was organized and stationed on Theodore Roosevelt Island. Trained and sent off to battle these soldiers mark an important time in history.

Civil War Defenses of Washington, 10-4: Meet with a National Park Ranger on the Memorial Plaza to learn about the many forts surround the Nation’s capital during the Civil War. Find out more about Civil War and opportunities to visit parks in the area.

National Park Service Tent, 11-4: The park service will have a tent with displays of Theodore Roosevelt, and a variety of activities and park information. Come make a button to celebrate the Memorial. Take the Theodore Roosevelt strength challenge. Learn about the many federal lands created by Theodore Roosevelt, perhaps Americas greatest “Conservation President”.

Discovery Tables, 10-2, 3:30-4:30: Staff and volunteers will be stationed on the Swamp Trail with a table of items to explore natural and historical aspects of Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Documentary promo, 11-3, located on the Memorial Plaza: Take a sneak peek at a new documentary being produced by Michael Cullinane. The short 3 minute film will be playing inside a tent on the plaza.

Storytime, 10, 11:30, 1, and 4:30, on the Memorial Plaza: There are many children’s books about Theodore Roosevelt. Come listen to one of our readers as the share a favorite story book. You may even see the president himself; and perhaps his great grandson.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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