“It was here that the romance of my life began.” - Theodore Roosevelt
In 2020, One Hundred and One years after his death, Theodore Roosevelt will finally have a Presidential Library to commemorate his life, his service, and his love for the Badlands. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation has done a tremendous job putting together a massive digital library, which will be housed at the new library and will be a small part of providing visitors a glimpse into our 26th President.
The new library, planned to be situated on 26 acres in Dickinson, will host a museum, meeting space, the digital archive, a research center, and an authentic re-creation of the Elkhorn Ranch cabin, Roosevelts first cabin in the Badlands.
Presidential Libraries are nothing new in our country, a concept that started in the 1930’s to make Presidential papers and artifacts available to the public. When Roosevelt was President, however, those items were considered the President’s personal property. For the last ten years, the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University has been collecting, digitizing, and archiving almost 40,000 items that include letters, diaries, photographs, political cartoons, audio and video recordings, and other media.