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OB Historical Society Announces a Major Donation

The Oyster Bay Historical Society is pleased to announce the donation of a major collection of material relating the Roosevelt family’s participation in the American Civil War.


The Society is honored that Elizabeth Roosevelt donated her family’s collection to the Oyster Bay Historical Society whose stewardship of her donation will provide a personal glimpse into this prominent American family’s contributions to an important era in our country’s history. The Society will display this never-before-seen collection as part of the inaugural exhibition of the Angela Koenig Center on February 12.

Making the donation even more exceptional is that the collection includes personal correspondence from President Theodore Roosevelt to his nephew John Kean Roosevelt.

Civil War era material includes calling cards of General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant among others and evergreen sprigs from Abraham Lincoln’s casket. Among other important official correspondence is a handwritten letter from General William T. Sherman, in which he shares his inner thoughts on the conduct of the war’s final campaign as he readies his army for his march on Charleston.

Oyster Bay Historical Society Board President Frank Leone said, “We are especially grateful to Elizabeth Roosevelt, a longtime board member of the society. Added to that, her donation increases the value of the collection which we are preserving in our new Koenig Research Center, for which we are still raising funds. Things have worked out beautifully. We can help preserve the Roosevelt family history, and that collection will add to the significance of our collection. All that we can say is thank you.”