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Dakota Datebook: Remembering Theodore Roosevelt

6:42 AM, 8:42 AM, 3:50 PM*, 5:44 PM, AND 7:50 PM* CT
  • Hosted by Steve Stark

Our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, was a lauded statesman, orator, and storyteller. He wrote more books than any other president and, indeed, more than most authors and intellectuals. To commemorate him and his North Dakota legacy, Roosevelt scholar and re-enactor Steve Stark has made selections from his speeches, books, and letters for a special Dakota Datebook series. Throughout 2019, listen for Dakota Datebook: Remembering Theodore Roosevelt in the regular Dakota Datebook time slots. 

*Airtimes during Main Street may vary.

Funding for this series is provided by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

On June 25, 1918, 20-year-old Quentin Roosevelt wrote to his mother from his station in France, saying: “I am now a member of the 95th Aero Squadron. I’m on the front! Cheers, oh cheers, and am very happy.” He had dropped his Harvard studies to become a fighter pilot in the Great War, in the US expeditionary force in France, where his three older brothers also served.

Theodore Roosevelt’s first opportunity to personally express much of his passion for our nation, as well as Dakota Territory’s gift of healing grace, was in 1886. TR was the featured speaker at Dickinson’s first full-on Independence Day celebration.

Theodore Roosevelt’s bold and bountiful reputation as an American icon had its genesis with the Rough Riders in the short, bloody but significant Spanish American War to free the Cubans from the tyranny of Spain. This week in 1898 launched TR into history.

Pure Food & Drug Act

Jun 27, 2019

The dawn of the burgeoning 20th century America cast light on both poverty and progress. Health and public welfare conditions were limited at best – horrific and deadly at worst.

Crusading reporters and newspapers began public exposés against questionable patent medicines, quack practitioners, exploitive businessmen, filthy food preparation and squalid working conditions. Theodore Roosevelt joined in the fight with the newspaper scribes he dubbed “muckrakers.”

Reclamation Act

Jun 19, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt’s initial concern for the staggering dryness of the Western landscape was fostered by his Badlands experience. Water is naturally essential for a rancher, a meadowlark, or a tree. President Roosevelt’s first message to congress included his persistent emphasis on a nation’s co-dependence with the natural world. His passion never faltered.

Theodore Roosevelt was the product of a loving and supportive family – influencing his entire life. TR’s record of social concern, the American people, ethical standards, honesty, scholarship and the safeguarding of our national resources are incomparable hallmarks of his life, passions and presidency.

Theodore Roosevelt’s residency in Dakota Territory began in June of 1884 when he saddled up for the life of a cowboy and rancher. In the wake of his wife and mother’s same-day deaths, the despondent 24-year old from New York found healing and solace in the Badlands and a lifetime connection with the people of the wild West.

National Bison Range

May 27, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt’s love affair with Dakota Territory began with a North American bison. That infatuation never stopped. His first Badlands sojourn in 1883 was to hunt the disappearing western symbol. Throughout his life he exhibited fealty to habitat, protection, and wildlife, which included what TR called “The Lordly Buffalo.”

In May of 1895, before he emerged on the national stage, Theodore Roosevelt added New York City Police Commissioner to his resume.

Using his innate sense of duty, justice and honesty, TR was a bold transformative figure battling to reform a police force awash in corruption and political chicanery.

Sullys Hill Preserve

May 14, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt created the first National Park in North Dakota. It was just weeks old on this date in 1904 -- one of five national parks added by Roosevelt.