Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sagamore Hill Announces Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Oyster Bay, NY: On Memorial Day, May 30th, the Sagamore Hill Band will conduct a special performance at 2:00pm on the front porch of Theodore Roosevelt’s Home. The Sagamore Hill Band will perform patriotic music along with a special performance of the Golden Star in honor of Quentin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, who died in combat July 14, 1918. The Golden Star was composed by John Philip Sousa in March 1919, and was dedicated to Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and other Gold Star mothers of the First World War. This is a free event with no reservations required. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

In addition, a special Memorial Day weekend program will be offered titled the Roosevelt Family and their Sacrifices during the First World War. This free program will be presented by Park Ranger Scott Gurney inside the Farm Shed adjacent to the Visitor Center. The program will be presented on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th at 2:00PM. This program will also be presented on Monday, May 30th at 1:00pm.

Summer Schedule: On Memorial Day weekend Sagamore Hill moves to its summer schedule: Open seven days per week. Tours of the home are offered on the top of the hour from 10 to 4 and are limited to fourteen persons. On busy days, especially weekends, tours often sell out by early afternoon. We encourage visitors interested in touring the home to arrive early to purchase tickets and experience other attractions on the site including the Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard and the site’s nature trail. Tour tickets are $5.00 each and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis each day beginning at 9 AM. Ticket reservations are not accepted. The grounds of Sagamore Hill are open year round from sunrise to sunset.

For further information, visit our website at www.nps.gov/sahi, or call 516-922-4788. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates at http://twitter.com/SagamoreHillNHS and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sagamore-Hill-National-Historic-Site/127271867334480.

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