The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Public Library have teamed up for the unique living history experience Teddy Roosevelt Live! at Northfield’s Central Park June 29 as part of the Books and Stars program. The event will include an interactive outdoor camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a presentation by the president at 7 p.m.
All the day’s activities are free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. No advance registration is required.
Teddy Roosevelt Camp
Three-time national champion living history performer and Roosevelt look-alike Adam Lindquist will run the camp before taking the stage. TR Camp will be an interactive experience where guests will see the president’s bed, writing table, steamer trunk, and antique accessories of the period. Displays in the camp will provide insight into Roosevelt’s many experiences, including his cowboy days in the Dakotas, fighting in the Spanish-American War, the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Safari, and the Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition down the “River of Doubt.”
Artifact displays and animal skins will provide Teddy with a variety of topics to speak about throughout the day.
The President on Stage
At 7 p.m. Teddy will take the stage to talk about how character helped a “sickly runt” become one of the country’s best-known presidents. Listeners will also get a taste of the president’s sense of humor as he recounts family stories about pet pigs and snakes, and how to disrupt visits by foreign dignitaries.
Books & Stars is made possible by : City of Northfield– Library, Northfield School District– Community Services Division, Northfield Historical Society & a Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.