Friday, October 26, 2012

Museum Of Natural History's Grand Re-Opening Of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

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As presidents go, the Museum of Natural History carefully shows, President Theodore Roosevelt seems worthy despite his gung-ho patriotism when the country was worked into a frenzy after thirty years separation from The Great Uncivil War Between Ourselves.  Rough Riders
Whereas as statue, Theodore's uncommon seating to gaze at everyone come in or leave the lower-level entrance on Central Park West is veritably human. Not what's expected of presidents who take on mythic form. And darn-dest utilitarian use of a statue I've ever seen. His bench sits four comfortably with him, next to him, and six on the portion behind his back. A man of the people that could inspire any politician to dream of having a team like this behind their legacy. As some have, buried in mortal mausoleum shells detached from the viewing world. While Theodore's spirit is right at home in the statue. 
The point of the permanent entrance exhibition is TR contributed an animal specimen at 13, and the museum, his father co-founded, opened when he was 19. It's implied he roamed the halls as American Indians once had landscape free to imagine a natural world. Then he went to Harvard to study biology and what he was looking for wasn't in books. So, as was emphasized for the Press, when TR needed answers from humans he came to the Museum of Natural History Curator Frank Michler Chapman.

And so according to the Museum of Natural History - After three years and an extensive $40 million renovation, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the Museum of Natural History will reopen to the public with a day of celebration, October 27, 2012. His birthday.
 No bells, whistles or gongs working the public into a frantic frenzy lauding just another hero of nationalism. The exhibit includes timeline kiosksexplorable now or, in the presence of President Roosevelt's statue where it had taken five years from the end of Theodore's timeline for the New York State Legislature to start building this memorial dedicated in 1936. The statue was worth the wait.


Keynote Speaker
Celebrity Historian Douglas G. Brinkley
So do we recognize the great achievement Theodore Roosevelt as an honorable reflection of this nation's verifiably imperialist tendencies? He doesn't pass the where were you when test? He was there. But it's in the books, folks, TR faced mistakes. New York Times. He held that buck long before coined a slogan. With the Museum of Natural History he drew one of the hardest lines of all. Through people, through government law or private means as much country as could be was bought to save nature from ourselves. An achievement of priceless stature. CMF
So there I am, till the end, a great day at the statue's dedication. The Press mostly cleared for the next gig, and audience chairs stacked. I thought to put my foot on that opposite bench and realized I couldn't, when hustling by, with his son, toward the exit was Celebrity Historian Douglas G. Brinkley necessitating my stepping in his path, asking, "May I just shake your hand?" And "Well you can," he said and shook well. I was overwhelmed with nothing rehearsed when his wife walked up, and he introduced her, after his son, then nodded at my notes saying he hoped I'd do well. In Curator David Hurst Thomas' presentation by the statue he said how important it was to the historian that this exhibition came out right for the public. Because if this statue has anything to say, the world will get better. 
Earlier essay refers to Quentin Roosevelt and father.
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Theodore Roosevelt Memorial 

Officially Reopens October 27, 2012

Theodore Roosevelt’s 154th birthday, the Museum of Natural History will officially reopen the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Hall of North American Mammals, launching a year-long celebration of Roosevelt’s love of nature regarding his instrumental role in the American conservation movement inspired by his lifelong association with the Museum. 
Designed by John Russell Pope and dedicated in 1936, the restored two-story Memorial includes the Central Park West façade, Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall that serve as New York State’s official memorial to its 33rd Governor and the nation’s 26th President. Including the brand new exhibition charting Roosevelt’s journey from budding naturalist to elected leader committed to conservation.

Mural Restoration by Evergreene Architectural Arts 

Step right up and sit right down, and size yourself up to the accurately proportioned man. I came to his nose, maybe, but his chest was as if there was a whole other person in there. Somehow.
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