The Roosevelt family (left to right): Quentin (1897-1918), Theodore (1858-1919), Theodore Jr. (1887-1944), Archibald (1894-1979), Alice Lee (1884-1980), Kermit (1889-1943), Edith Kermit (1861-1948), and Ethel Carow (1891-1977) by Pach Brothers Studio. The gelatin silver print belongs to the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hillwood Art Museum at the CW Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, is one of only five national sites to display the long anticipated Theodore Roosevelt exhibition. The traveling collection of the 26th president's valuable personal and presidential effects includes his Rough Riders hat and more than 120 objects depicting his prestigious and often controversial political and personal career.
The exhibit, "Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century," commemorates the 140th anniversary of the birth of Theodore Roosevelt and is organized by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, in association with Manhattan Sites and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
The exhibition will be on display from Aug. 13 through Nov. 14, at the nationally accredited Hillwood Art Museum, CW Post Campus, Northern Boulevard (Route 25A), Brookville. A gala opening reception for $100 per person will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 at the Museum. Proceeds benefit Hillwood Art Museum and Friends of Sagamore Hill.
The exhibition includes pieces culled from the National Portrait Gallery and Sagamore Hill, among others. Pieces include a wood engraving by American artist Thomas Nast; photographs of TR at the controls of a giant steam shovel in the Canal Zone of Panama, and political cartoons showing TR throwing the first spadeful of dirt on the government of Colombia, which had accused Roosevelt of diplomatic piracy.
Also included is a 1912 telegram describing the shooting of TR; a 1905 bronze bust of TR by Frederick MacMonnies; an oil painting of TR by Irving R. Wiles; TR's Rough Rider uniform; a jewel encrusted gift from the Czar of Russia, TR's Tiffany hunting knife; and a pencil drawing of TR by James Montgomery Flagg, the artist who created the "Uncle Sam Wants You!" poster.
Historians consider Theodore Roosevelt to have "laid the foundation for the way we have been doing things ever since." Still, his presidency only accounted for seven and a half years of a busy life. TR - who served as governor of New York and police chief of New York City - was so much more: Rough Rider, adventurer, cowboy, sportsman, naturalist, historian, man of letters and defender of the American family.
"Long Islanders have a special place in their hearts for their hometown hero, Teddy Roosevelt and they will be fascinated by the many pieces of interpretive works from nationally respected artists which are part of this exhibit," said Barry Stern, Director of Operations for the Hillwood Art Museum. "And they will surely be impressed by the many personal items which depict TR's numerous accomplishments as one of our country's greatest leaders."
Three lectures will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. Amy Verone, head curator at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, will lecture on "Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill: Preservation of an Historic Landmark" on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. CW Post alumnus Derek Mainhart, political cartoonist and member of the Art Director's Club, will discuss "The Ungentlemanly Art: A History of American Political Cartoons" on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m.; and Thomas Kuehhas of the Oyster Bay Historical Society will present the lecture "Theodore Roosevelt: Life in Oyster Bay" on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free for all lectures which take place in the museum. The lectures are supported in part by the New York Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Following the Hillwood Art Museum venue, the Teddy Roosevelt exhibition will travel to the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society in Buffalo (Dec. 15, 1999 - March 19, 2000) and the New York State Museum in Albany (April 28, 2000 - July 8, 2000). Partial funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund and the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Admission to the exhibition at Hillwood Art Museum is free. For more information, contact the museum at 299-4073 or email@example.com.
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