Oyster Bay, NY: Looking to take the family somewhere fun, educational and inexpensive during President’s week school vacation? Why not visit Sagamore Hill, Home of Long Island’s own President Theodore Roosevelt?
Sagamore Hill will be open every day that week (including President’s Day February 15) offering a variety of free programs, activities and exhibits. Be sure to check out our new exhibit on the history of the West Wing on display at the Old Orchard Museum. Special guests, including President Roosevelt, as portrayed by James Foote will be on site offering his interpretive portrayal of TR and an exclusive “storytime program” for children. In addition, children’s book author Leslie Kimmelman, will read her book Mind your Manners, Alice Roosevelt, about the rebellious young Alice, eldest daughter of the President.
The Roosevelt home will be open for guided tours throughout the week (fee) and free Ranger guided nature walks will be held on the weekends. As always, our free educational Junior Ranger programs will be offered to children 6 to 18. If you are unable to visit us, be sure to check out our website at www.nps.gov/sahi where you can download one our latest educational podcast developed especially for President’s week.
Sunday February 14th: Official opening of the exhibit The West Wing: Workshop of Democracy and other free programs
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, in collaboration with the White House Historical Association announces the opening of the exhibit The West Wing: Workshop of Democracy. The exhibit, commissioned by the White House Historical Association, includes recently uncovered photographs that trace the renovation of the White House and the building of the West Wing during Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency. The exhibition is on display at Old Orchard Museum from February 14, 2010, until June 6, 2010.
At 2:00pm, join one of our Rangers for a guided nature walk down our Nature Trail to the Cold Spring Harbor Inlet. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 2:00pm and the walk will last approximately 1 hour. The walk (less than 1 mile) requires walking on some hilly terrain and on (possibly) snow and ice covered trails, be sure to wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge for this walk.
Be sure to gather around the President, (as portrayed by James Foote), at the Old Orchard Museum at 3:00pm for a selection of stories especially suited for children. Theodore Roosevelt was often regarded as an excellent storyteller and often used his children as an audience. Meet the President at to hear his tales.
Monday, February 15: Celebrate Presidents Day at Sagamore Hill
Spend President’s Day at the “Summer White House!” Sagamore Hill will be open for business as usual on President’s Day, Monday, February 15. President Theodore Roosevelt, as portrayed by James Foote, will be on site greeting guests on this federal holiday celebrating the Presidency, and the birthdays of two of our greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Visitors will want to tour the grounds, visit the Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard and take a guided tour of the Roosevelt home (fee). Kids between the ages of 6 and 15 may want to participate in one of our free, educational Junior Ranger programs where they can earn a Jr. Ranger badge, certificate and patch for completing the activities (see the visitor center staff for more information).
Wednesday February 17: Children’s Author, Leslie Kimmelman visits Sagamore Hill
Alice Roosevelt was the bold and defiant daughter of the President that stirred America with her beauty and charm. Leslie Kimmelman, author of Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt will read her book to children on Wednesday February 17 beginning at 2:00pm. The reading will take place at the Old Orchard Museum. Immediately following her reading, Ms. Kimmelman will be available to sign copies of her book. Books are available for purchase at the Visitor Center Bookstore.
Sunday February 21: Ranger guided Nature Walks
Join one of our Rangers for a guided nature walk down our Nature Trail to the Cold Spring Harbor Inlet. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 2:00pm and the walk will last approximately 1 hour. The walk (less than 1 mile) requires walking on some hilly terrain and on (possibly) snow and ice covered trails, be sure to wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge for this walk.
Ongoing Activities at Sagamore Hill in the month of February
Ranger guided Nature Walks Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, Sunday Afternoons
On each Sunday of February (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28) Join one of our Rangers each day for a guided nature walk down our Nature Trail to the Cold Spring Harbor Inlet. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 2:00pm and the program will last approximately 1 hour. The walk (less than 1 mile) requires hiking on some hilly terrain and on (possibly) snow and ice covered trails, be sure to wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge for these walks.
Podcast on Theodore Roosevelt and his Historical Assessments of
US President’s of the Past
In celebration of President’s Day Sagamore Hill announces the posting of a new podcast on Theodore Roosevelt and his assessment of U.S Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt is considered a presidential model for many US Presidents in the last 50 years. Who was Roosevelt’s Presidential model and who did he criticize the most? Check the website at www.nps.gov/sahi to download the podcast beginning February 1.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, located at 12 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, New York, is a unit of the National Park Service. The site was established by Congress in 1962 to preserve and interpret the structures, landscape, collections and other cultural resources associated with Theodore Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, New York, to ensure that future generations understand and appreciate the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, his family and the significant events associated with him. Tours of the Theodore Roosevelt Home are by guided tour only. Visitors may only enter the Theodore Roosevelt Home by guided tour with a National Park Ranger or NPS volunteer. Tours of the house are offered on the hour beginning at 10:00am. The last tour of the day is offered at 4pm.Please note: Tours are limited to fourteen persons per group. On weekends and holidays tours often sell out 1 to 2 hours in advance. Admission is $5.00 for adults while 15 and younger are free.