What websites would Theodore Roosevelt be interested in if he were here today? Taking into consideration his wide range of interests and his enthusiasm, probably a great many. But like us, he would have favorites, and since he was fascinated with technology, they’d probably be stored on the latest laptop, I-Pad or phone.
- http://www.northshoreaudubon.org Because he was president of the Long Island Bird Club in his later years, he might be a site administrator.
- http://www.birds.cornell.edu The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology (of which http://www.allaboutbirds.org is an extension) gets right to the point of sharing research, and educating citizens about birds.
- http://www.sierraclub.org This organization has urged us to “explore, enjoy and protect the planet” since his friend John Muir started it in 1892. Recent titles “The Man Who Survived a Polar Bear Attack,” and “Watching Over the World’s Forests” would catch his eye.
- http://www.boone-crockett.org George Bird Grinnell, editor of Field and Stream magazine, and TR originated the Boone and Crockett Club to protect western game. He’d spend more time hunting than reading about it, though.
- http://www.loc.org The Library of Congress collections of primary sources are available within a few clicks, much faster than the couriers who used to fetch books and other materials for him.
- http://www.pbs.org What would he think of television? Its best offerings on history and culture come from PBS, which was begun during Lyndon Johnson’s administration.
- http://www.si.edu Working in Washington, he used to visit the Smithsonian Institution on his lunch hour. Now much expanded, it includes the Air and Space and American Indian buildings which would especially please him. The Museum of Natural History sponsored his his 1910 African safari and houses some of his big game animals and birds.
- http://psqonline.org Political Science Quarterly is a quick drop-by for people with “a keen interest in public and foreign affairs.”
- http://www.bartleby.com Bartleby has a wide selection to quench a thirst for reading the classics. But I don’t believe he would use the Internet or a Kindle exclusively: he referred to books as being as “individual as friends.” He liked turning pages.
- http://www.americanhiking.org This website provides family-friendly ideas for treks around the country; however, there is no guarantee here that they would be “point to point,” as he liked. His family and friends knew the requirement that they must go “over or under, but never around.”
- http://www.yesmagazine.org There are more areas than ever in need of reform in the 21st Century.
- http://www.defense.gov He may be discouraged at some of the updates on the armed forces’ official website, but he would be reading them.
- http://www.nyc.gov/nypd Here the former police commissioner could see current challenges faced by the New York City Police Department.
- http://www.nps.gov The acreage of pristine forests and natural beauty we can enjoy was drastically increased during his presidency. Theodore would be looking to see if the legacy continues. Besides the outdoors, the National Park Service oversees homes of famous Americans, including his birthplace in downtown Manhattan. He could help keep the information accurate and answer questions we’d all like to ask.
- http://www.cnn.com Theodore would peruse as many print and electronic media as possible for the news (searching for a writers like Jacob Riis), before making his mind up about the truth.