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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 03:26 PM

Theodore Roosevelt has been honored for his rugged individualism and conservation concerns. Statues and memorials of the 26th president not only grace museums and institutions, but are also featured in the great outdoors where Roosevelt enjoyed nature and adventure.

The Theodore Roosevelt Park is located in Central Park West in New York near the American Museum of Natural History. The memorial was dedicated in 1936 and a bronze statue was added by the state in 1940.

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Roosevelt had been New York City Commissioner and governor of New York. The statue was sculpted by James Earle Fraser to depict the progressive leader uniting the races of America. The park itself had been named Manhattan Square until it was renamed in 1958 to honor Roosevelt.

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall at the American Museum of Natural History includes four exhibition areas that focus on Roosevelt's life as a young naturalist, his experience as a rancher in the Badlands of North Dakota, his work as the "Conservation President" who helped save land through federal protection, and his post-presidency adventures that included exploring Brazil in 1914.

A bronze sculpture of Roosevelt stands at the center of the memorial hall, portraying his appearance during a camping trip in 1903 to Yosemite with naturalist John Muir. A bronze medallion on the floor near the statue depicts grazing bison at the North Dakota Badlands.

The Badlands where Roosevelt enjoyed riding horses and exploring nature is now home to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Plaques and memorials honor his memory on the land where he first discovered the wonders of the environment.

Roosevelt had traveled there to overcome personal concerns such as the deaths of his wife and other, but his visit turned into a life-long quest to preserve splendid lands throughout the country.

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Roosevelt founded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887. The club continued his naturalist concerns by purchasing 6,000 acres of land for the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains near Dupuyer, Montana. The ranch encourages wildlife research on behalf of private sector leadership.

Club members don't hunt on ranch property, which offers a habitat for elk, deer, cougars, grizzlies and black bears. Researchers at the ranch examine innovated land management possibilities at the site.

The Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial features a statue of a welcoming Theodore Roosevelt at the park, which was transformed from the neglected farmland of Mason's Island beginning in the 1930s to a memorial park that includes miles of trails through the natural forest.

The 17-foot-high bronze stature shows Roosevelt raising one arm in his characteristic speaking pose, sculpted by Paul Manship during new construction of the memorial in the 1960s. The statue is surrounded by four 21-foot-high granite tablets that contain quotations from Roosevelt's writings.

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