The quandry of how to get more people interested in history continues. Everyone needs to realize that knowing names, places, and dates is just not the same as digging into fascinating lives which made our country what it is. So last weekend in Medora, North Dakota, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation hosted the third annual “Gathering of TRs.”
My husband and I were happy to plan a free cabin-building workshop for children on Sunday afternoon (TR’s reconstructed “Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin” sits just outside the National Park Service visitor center there). Twenty excited kids of various ages put together the scale models to get a feel for the place where a future president lived. A few had help from someone very familiar with it.
Most of the weekend was devoted to re-enactors who came from far and wide to showcase Theodore Roosevelt’s ideals and accomplishments, but they were not all him. Edith Roosevelt was there, as well as their youngest son, Quentin. University of North Dakota student Austin Artz received a standing ovation from the Old Time Theatre’s packed house.
Julia Marple, Austin Artz, and Larry Marple as Edith, Quentin, and Theodore Roosevelt
The person in the selfie below took a turn as Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, telling stories about her older brother. Used to presenting historical figures in classroom venues, she was taken by surprise when the stage lights prevented her from seeing the audience. But they asked good questions, and it was even more enjoyable to be part of a discussion panel at the end of the day.