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Bringing Theodore Roosevelt to Life


Theodore Roosevelt said that he never would have become President of the United States had it not been for the time he spent in North Dakota. He first came to the state in 1883 to hunt bison and later returned seeking solitude and time to heal following the death of both his mother and wife.

Roosevelt's  North Dakota connection is especially important to Dickinson native and nationally known humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson. He created the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University and was a consultant for Ken Burns' new documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. He's also portrays Theodore Roosevelt and brings the 26th President to life on Saturday, September 6 at the Rapid City Performing Arts Center. The program begins at 6:00 pm with a reception and short preview of The Roosevelts. Jenkinson joined Dakota Midday and discussed what it takes to bring Theodore Roosevelt to life.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airs on SDPB1 Television September 14-20.