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Celebrating TR’s 150th Birthday

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS began its two-day celebration of Theodore Roosevelt’s 150th birthday with a block party this past Sunday.

Nearly 1,000 visitors came to take part in the festivities in Manhattan that included outdoor activities, complete with Rough Rider re-enactors, displays featuring the National Park Service and period arms such as a Gatling gun, arts and crafts, and a pony ride. Inside the home, visitors were invited to view the period rooms, listen to a musical program of songs from the Gilded Age, or see a one-man play by Roosevelt re-enactor Joe Wiegand.

The winners of the Theodore Roosevelt Association high school speech contest also appeared, wowing the crowd with their inspired and high caliber performances.

Young and old a like were thrilled when TR (portrayed by Wiegand) stepped up to cut the birthday cake and lead them in singing “Happy Birthday.” Visitors crowded in to take photos and then lined up for their choice of cake, cupcake, cookie or muffin donated by a neighborhood business.

The celebration continued on Monday with an open house, period music, a Victorian clothing interpreter and a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris and his wife, Sylvia. The U.S. Postal Service was also on hand to offer a special cancellation of a commemorative cache envelope.


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