Born in New York City, Roosevelt had lifelong connections to the Museum. His father was one of the founders, and young Theodore often visited. Later, Museum scientists advised him on conservation policy. In this video, Museum Curator David Hurst Thomas; Roosevelt biographers Douglas Brinkley, Edmund Morris, and Patricia O'Toole; and Theodore Roosevelt IV discuss Roosevelt's lifelong association with the Museum and his conservation legacy. Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, the definitive biography of Roosevelt as a conservationist, served as a consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. David Hurst Thomas, a curator in the Museum's Division of Anthropology, was the supervising curator for the hall, and Patricia O'Toole, Roosevelt biographer and an associate professor at Columbia University, also served as a consultant. Theodore Roosevelt IV is a Trustee of the Museum.The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial reopens Saturday, October 27, 2012. Visit amnh.org/roosevelt for more information.
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