Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive after-hours tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, a 1919 reconstructed version of the 1848 townhouse where Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14 years old.
Led by a National Park Ranger, our special experience at the newly restored townhouse in Gramercy will include:
- An overview of Theodore Roosevelt during childhood, who was known as a “sickly yet bright boy who exercised to improve his health and began a lifelong passion for the ‘strenuous life.’”
- A walkthrough of the reconstructed Roosevelt house featuring five fully furnished period rooms that offer insight into what life was like for a wealthy New York family in the 1860s.
- A look at objects and furnishings from the original Roosevelt family residence, including volumes from his library.
- A visit to the collections on view that illustrate Roosevelt’s early family life, as well as his late military and political career.
See you there!
About Theodore Roosevelt
Teedie, as young Roosevelt was nicknamed, was a sickly but bright boy, from a wealthy family. To improve his health, Teedie began an exercise program at the house’s outdoor gymnasium that started a lifelong passion for the “strenuous life.”
After graduating from Harvard, Roosevelt pursued his boyhood dreams, as a rancher, naturalist, explorer, author and Colonel of the Rough Riders. His political service included reforming the U.S. Civil Service Commission and New York City Police Department, and terms as Governor of New York and Vice President of the U.S.
Theodore Roosevelt became president when William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901. As President, Roosevelt pushed progressive reforms, such as conservation of public lands and trust busting, and negotiated an end to the war between Russia and Japan, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize.
Roosevelt’s original birthplace was demolished in 1916. After Roosevelt’s death in 1919, the site was purchased by the Women’s Roosevelt Memorial Association, rebuilt and decorated with many of its original furnishings by Roosevelt’s sisters and wife.
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