Theodore Roosevelt died—unexpectedly—on January 6, 1919, and the nation awoke, stunned by the news that such a vigorous, larger-than-life figure was gone. Memorials were planned, associations formed, historic homes preserved, and yet Theodore Roosevelt does not have a presidential library.
The world needs Theodore Roosevelt—now more than ever. The lessons of his life, even 100 years later, have never felt more relevant: Leadership, Citizenship, Conservation. With those principles in mind, we want to create a museum of the future for one of the most iconic American figures in our collective memory; we want to create a legacy for today to create a new tomorrow.
TR’s library should be the people’s library, not a box in the Badlands with artifacts under glass; like TR’s life, this library must be an experience. We are building a presidential library in the 2020s, not the 1920s, that will last in perpetuity. We can embrace immersive storytelling and new technologies, and build a first-of-its-kind digital library for an analog president. This museum can be a platform for embracing civic dialogue, thoughtful debate, and inspiration from around the globe.