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735Re: [tr-m] Sagamore Hill and TR Birthplace visits

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  • John A. Gable
    Jan 5, 2004
      Those of us connected, in one way or another, with Sagamore Hill and TR
      Birthplace will be happy to hear of your good experiences in visiting both
      of these great sites! We will very soon have a new dimension at Sagamore
      Hill. The new Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard will open on
      Saturday, January 24. Anyone interested in attending the gala opening event
      on Saturday afternoon should call the Theodore Roosevelt Association at
      (516) 921-6319 for information on tickets. In any case, on your next visit
      to Sagamore Hill you will be able to see a splendid new museum, located in
      the former home of Theodore Roosevelt, Junior. This museum has been years in
      the planning.
      As for Christmas decorations, the current Curator at Sagamore Hill
      believes that decorations, particularly live greens of any kind, pose
      various hazards to the interior of the house. In former years, the house
      was decorated as it was during the Roosevelt days. The Roosevelts adored
      Christmas, and observed it in festive and elaborate ways. As for TR
      Birthplace, I suppose the reason may be the same as at Sagamore Hill, but I
      do not know.
      John Gable in Oyster Bay
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Jack" <JackyRed@...>
      To: <tr-m@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 12:13 PM
      Subject: [tr-m] Sagamore Hill and TR Birthplace visits

      > On 12-21-03, my wife, parents, and I had the pleasure of visiting
      > Sagamore Hill. Both of the young ladies we came in contact with who
      > were working that day - one at the visitor's center and one in the
      > house - were great! I wish I could remember their names (one I
      > believe was Julie), but the in-house tour guide was exceptional in
      > her knowledge of TR, his family, and the house. She answered all of
      > our questions and read all of the books on the family. Impressive!
      > Then on 12-23-03, other family members and I journeyed to the
      > Theodore Roosevelt birthplace in Manhattan. Rudy (I believe) gave us
      > our tour there and, like his counterparts at Sagamore Hill, did a
      > fantastic job.
      > Anyone on this list who has yet to visit either place, get to it!
      > Thanks to anyone involved in making both landmarks incredibly
      > enjoyable daytrips.
      > One question I never thought to ask earlier: with our visits so close
      > to Christmas, I was wondering why there was so little holiday decor.
      > I remember that at Sagamore there was a Nast Santa picture in one of
      > the upstairs rooms. But were Christmas decorations not big at that
      > time period in America? Or might it be too potentially damaging to
      > everything in the houses to decorate and undecorate every year? Just
      > a question (or two).
      > Sincerely,
      > Jack Lechelt
      > Columbia, SC
      > jackyred@...
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