Teddy Roosevelt came to Wallace Idaho in 1903

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March 24, 2003
SECOND Annual Teddy Roosevelt Commemoration Days, June 25 & 26, 2004
For Further Information Contact:
Dennis O'Brien or Harry Magnuson
Telephone: (208) 752-1131
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Edmund Morris to Speak in Wallace, Idaho, World Silver Capital, in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's Visit
Click to enlarge this 1903 photo of Teddy Roosevelt in Wallace Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edmund Morris, author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex will speak in Wallace, Idaho on Saturday, June 28, as part of a major weekend history symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Wallace in 1903, according to H.F. Magnuson, President of the Northern Pacific Depot Foundation and the Wallace District Mining Museum. Roosevelt visited Wallace in May of 1903. The event at the time was marked with a parade and gathering for Roosevelt's speech at the Wallace City Park. Magnuson says the centennial commemoration will be equally exciting. In addition to Morris' talk, the weekend symposium will feature other talks and panel discussions on subjects relating to the early history of the mining district, the 1892-99 labor wars, the historic importance of the Coeur d'Alene Mining District and the future for the Silver Valley.
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Other activities include a parade on Saturday afternoon, and a street dance. A planning committee consisting of Wallace residents Michael Alldredge, R.W. Caron, Chris Stuecker, Dennis O'Brien, and John Amonson has been appointed to plan the event, according to Magnuson. The event will be co-sponsored in part by the Magnuson Family Foundation and the Idaho Humanities Council, which will hold its summer board meeting in Wallace over the symposium weekend.
Born in Kenya, Morris came to the United States from Britain in 1968. Initially, he wrote a screenplay about Theodore Roosevelt's ranching days in North Dakota. This led to a contract for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which was recognized as a towering historical narrative of Roosevelt's pre-presidential life. It won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980 and has never been out of print. In 2001, Morris published the second volume of what will be a Roosevelt trilogy. Theodore Rex was an immediate New York Times best seller. He is also the author of Dutch, a biography of Ronald Reagan. Morris, witty as well as erudite, gives audiences a historical perspective on American leadership. He effortlessly relates examples of Roosevelt and Reagan in action to the challenges that face our President today. He welcomes questions and greatly enjoys the spontaneity of a dialogue with members of his audience.

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SECOND Annual Teddy Roosevelt Commemoration Days
June 25 & 26, 2004
Preliminary Speakers Schedule

call the Depot Museum at (208)752-0111 for the latest information

Friday June 25, 2004
3:00 PM
Tony & Suzanne Bamonte
Slide Show: Images of Early Murray Idaho
Wallace Elks Roundup Room, 419 Cedar Street
5:00 PM
Bethine Church, Author, speech and book signing
A Lifelong Affair: My Passion for People and Politics
Wallace Elks, 419 Cedar Street
7:30 PM
Chautauqua Performance
Saturday, June 26, 2004
10:00 AM
(speaker still to be finalized)
Wallace Arts Center, 612 Bank Street
Noon to 12:45 PM
Lunch Break
Noon to 4:00 PM
Tours and open house at Levi & May Arkwright Hutton House
221 Pine Street
1:00 PM
Dr. Rodney Frey, Professor of American Indian Studies & Anthropology, University of Idaho
American Indian Studies
Wallace Elks Roundup Room, 419 Cedar Street
4:00 PM
Dennis Colson, Professor of Law, University of Idaho
Judge William Clagett
Wallace Arts Center, 612 Bank Street
7:30 PM
Steven Pyne, Author and Professor of Law, Arizona State University
Year of Fires, The Story of the Great Fires of 1910
Wallace Elks, Upstairs, 419 Cedar Street
Co-sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and the Magnuson Family Foundation

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