Opinion

This week there is again, a story about the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Museum because the museum project may come up again. A museum is allowed in a Neighborhood Business zoned area; a General Business zoned area; and a Light Industrial zoned Area. There would be no public hearing if the museum chose one of those areas where a museum is allowed. It would have to go through a site plan review and if needed a Town Environmental Quality Review. It all depends on the location, said a town spokesperson.

Bill Bleyer reported in Newsday that the Theodore Roosevelt Association is planning to create an Internet website with connections to other TR material. A visit to the Internet shows it already exists on the search engines. You can spend the whole day or weekend or week reading about and downloading information about TR.

When the issue of a TR Museum first came up, we spent many interesting hours visiting sites on the Internet researching TR - in fact, we still do.

But there is much coming in regards to TR. He is after all a "favorite son" of Oyster Bay.

The Friends of Sagamore Hill will commence the 5th Annual Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series on Thursday, March 26, in Oyster Bay. This program is free to the public and offers the opportunity to both hear and speak with illustrious experts on subjects and people related to our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt and Oyster Bay history.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the programs begin at 7:30, at the newly renovated Christ Church Parish Hall located at 61 East Main Street, in Oyster Bay Hamlet. Following lecture and a brief discussion, light refreshments will be served and the public can meet with the speakers in an informal setting.

On Thursday, March 26, Mr. Charles Markis, chief of Interpretation at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, will present The Literary Antecedents of Theodore Roosevelt describing the authors and writings that influenced TR as a young man and throughout his life.

On Tuesday, April 28, CDR Henry J. Hendrix II, USN, Ph.D. will speak on "Theodore Roosevelt's use of The Navy in Diplomacy." Commander Hendrix is a Naval Flight Officer, prolific author and National Secretary of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

On Tuesday, May 12, Mr. Franklin Hill Perrell, chief curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art, will present "TR and the Arts of His Time," a lecture and video presentation on art in the time of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Perrell is a noted artist, lecturer and foremost authority on art of the "American Gilded Age."

The Friends of Sagamore Hill is a nonprofit educational and service organization that supports the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY; and is also a Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. This lecture series is given annually in memory of the late Dr. John Gable, past executive director of The TRA who was renowned as the world's foremost authority on Theodore Roosevelt. Dr. Gable's work brought a better understanding of TR to the world; appreciation to Sagamore Hill NHS; and recognition to Oyster Bay through his many efforts, including help with the installation of the magnificent equestrian monument of TR in Oyster Bay Hamlet last year.

So come to Oyster Bay and experience the hamlet as it was when TR was here. There might not be a physical museum but there certainly is a virtual presence of the man here in Oyster Bay, a museum without walls. - DFK


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