Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island A nonprofit organization established to support the National Park Service in preserving and protecting the presidential memorial that is Roosevelt Island.

The Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island serve as the voice and active force for ensuring that the memorial plaza, trail system and woodland landscape remain a fitting tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. With our help, visitors today and in future generations will enjoy the beautiful and serene natural urban setting that is symbolic of all the natural lands in America that Theodore Roosevelt loved and protected. Among our inaugural year goals are to launch a campaign to recruit founding Friends Group members, introduce new recreational and educational opportunities at Theodore Roosevelt Island and increase awareness of the presidential memorial.

Operating as usual

Unfortunate news regarding the national memorial to TR.  We will update you as we get further updates.https://www.arlnow...
11/11/2020
Hazmat Investigation Underway at Roosevelt Island

Unfortunate news regarding the national memorial to TR. We will update you as we get further updates.

https://www.arlnow.com/2020/11/09/hazmat-investigation-underway-at-roosevelt-island/

Arlington County firefighters and other authorities are investigating a possible hazmat situation on the water at Theodore Roosevelt Island. A kayaker spotted an oil sheen on the shoreline and called the fire department, we're told. Arriving firefighters confirmed the sheen, though it initially a

11/11/2020
Through the Seasons on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Virtual event alert!

Need to get your Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial fix?

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, acclaimed author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Part, will talk about her new book, Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.

https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/through-seasons-on-theodore-roosevelt-island?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OCT20eAScience%26Nature10.29.20&utm_content=version_A&promo=253536

Naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a virtual excursion to Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac, tracing its beauty and biological diversity as she discusses its woodlands and wildlife.

Theodore  Roosevelt Association
10/27/2020

Theodore Roosevelt Association

How do you throw a pandemic birthday party for a president who has been dead for 101 years? A zoom birthday party, of course, and a column - and this week a painting! - by our most beloved columnist, Rick Marschall.

ZOOM PARTY will be at 6 PM EST; please join us to tell us your favorite TR quote or anecdote! PM us for the link.

Crowded Hours, Crowded Days.

What a time! An election looms; controversies on all sides, from statues to riots. A pandemic upturns lives and the economy. The end of October: Halloween, Reformation Day… and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday.
The last we cannot let be lost in the shuffle. The Theodore Roosevelt Association just held its annual meeting – always, appropriately, around the Colonel’s birthday of Oct 27. The well-run two-day meeting with speeches, discussions, awards, and presentations, was held “virtually” this year at the National Defense University. Speakers included former Secretary of Defense GEN James Mattis. A great conference, given all the logistical challenges, organized by the TRA’s Nicole Goldstein.

“Theodore Roosevelt’s Statecraft” was the theme, proper for its setting, but as with most Roosevelt events and books, the personality of the man hovered above the presentations and discussions. It always does. He was larger than issues, larger than agendas, larger than life.

After all these years – 101 years since his death – what are the main points that thunder through the ages… what do we have of HIM?
Integrity. Patriotism. Intelligence. Respect. Curiosity. Sympathy. Righteousness. Foresight.

The list can go on; does go on; and will go on as long as the American flag waves and people love his land and his legacy.
Let us take a moment and remember TR, not only for things he did, but for what he WAS.

Courtesy of TRA member Rick Marschall, a cartoonist in his own right and author of Bully!, which examines TR through the cartoons of the period. Rick serves as the Cartoon Archivist of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and on the Advisory Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. He annotates and writes the reference information and historical data for thousands of Roosevelt cartoons; and searches for collections of TR images to supplement the TRC's digital archive. #Bully #RickMarschall #PoliticalCartoons #TRAssociation

Theodore  Roosevelt Association
10/07/2020

Theodore Roosevelt Association

For the very first time, the Theodore Roosevelt Association is bringing you a virtual Symposium that is accessible to everyone at a low, low cost. This year's Annual Meeting promises to be a cutting edge exploration of the forces that are imperiling the country right now, and an exploration of how Theodore Roosevelt's enduring legacy imbues statecraft TODAY.

Glance at the flyer to see just a few of the the heavy hitters that are joining us to delve into some of the most pressing issues today.

Signup for the virtual conference at theodoreroosevelt.org

Love the Island? Here's your opportunity to show it.  Potomac Conservancy and the National Park Service are hosting a cl...
09/28/2020
Potomac River Clean-Up at Theodore Roosevelt Island! — Potomac Conservancy

Love the Island? Here's your opportunity to show it. Potomac Conservancy and the National Park Service are hosting a cleanup on October 24. See their website for details! https://potomac.org/pc-events/2020/10/14/cleanup-at-theodore-roosevelt-island

Join fellow river lovers to clean up the shores of Theodore Roosevelt Island on a beautiful fall day! Register for a shift today and come make a difference for our local wildlife and communities.

Wow, look at all the great attention Melanie Choukas-Bradley is getting for her new book about Theodore Roosevelt Island...
09/17/2020
Need an escape? DC-area author says you don’t even need to leave the city | WTOP

Wow, look at all the great attention Melanie Choukas-Bradley is getting for her new book about Theodore Roosevelt Island! It's available anywhere fine books are sold.

Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley of Chevy Chase, Maryland, suggests there’s a perfect escape that doesn’t require much travel: D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Found in Jackson Hole, WY
09/05/2020

Found in Jackson Hole, WY

Theodore  Roosevelt Association
09/04/2020

Theodore Roosevelt Association

Do you have an interest in history, and lots of talent posting on social media? Are you the person that always gets lots of 'likes' and are familiar with FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram? Did you put off college, or want to develop the skills to position yourself for a new field, Are looking for a productive way to fill some time? Are you a retiree who isn't quite ready to put down their virtual pencil?Are you a great writer? And - most importantly - are you an avid TedHead?

The Theodore Roosevelt Association is looking for a terrific intern to focus on social media. Position pays a stipend, is completely remote and flexible, and is FUN! PM us or email [email protected]

PSA to our local friends starting to birdwatch in their backyards: These are nifty little guides to the birds of Theodor...
07/14/2020
Set of 4 Books - Birds of Theodore Roosevelt Island

PSA to our local friends starting to birdwatch in their backyards: These are nifty little guides to the birds of Theodore Roosevelt Island in DC, which just happen to be... most of the same birds that are in your backyard and other local parks. They have big glossy photos, tell you a bit about each bird (including how to *listen* for them - TR had poor eyesight, and often distinguished birds by their sounds) and are a wonderful resource! Buy them here, and support programming in the National Park in the process: https://theodorerooseveltisland.org/index.php/support-us/item/7-set-of-4-books-birds-of-theodore-roosevelt-island

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island is a non-profit group dedicated to the Presidential memorial for Theodore Roosevelt and his legacy of conservation.

George Washington Memorial Parkway
06/18/2020

George Washington Memorial Parkway

George Washington Memorial Parkway is following up last years 400 years of African American History Commemoration with a virtual Juneteenth musical performance by local Jazz ensemble, Sweet Something. Their recorded performance of three classic American poems will be premiering here on Friday Morning at 11 AM. The content will also be available on our website shortly afterward.

Parents across the country have found themselves turned into teachers as the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools and ...
05/31/2020
Keeping Kids Busy With Virtual Adventures In National Park Settings

Parents across the country have found themselves turned into teachers as the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools and led to virtual schooling. For those parents running out of materials to keep kids learning and focused so you can get your own work done, Kids in Parks has converted some of their most popular TRACK Trail brochures into e-Adventures that kids can do on a smart phone or tablet. Kids can complete these e-Adventures in their backyard, schoolyard, local park, on an official TRACK Trail, or anywhere in between.

For instance, your kids can go on a scavenger hunt at Theodore Roosevelt Island, an island in the Potomac River that in the 1930s was transformed into a memorial to the country's 26th president. The page takes youngsters on a virtual hike around the island, teaching them about marshes, cypress forests, and even a little about the role the island played during the Civil War. Oh, and there's also some information on Theodore Roosevelt, naturally.
https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/05/keeping-kids-busy-virtual-adventures-national-park-settings

George Washington Memorial Parkway
05/21/2020

George Washington Memorial Parkway

#OTD, May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, DC. The organization has a long tradition of humanitarian service that was initially inspired by the work and experiences of Ms. Barton. While she was living in Europe, she was exposed to the work of the International Red Cross and knew that kind of organization was needed in the United States. After she returned home to the U.S., she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. She led the organization for 23 years and during that time, the organization was responsible for 18 peacetime relief efforts and relief work during the Spanish-American War. Under Barton’s leadership, the American Red Cross also assisted survivors of many disasters, including the Johnstown Flood, the Sea Islands, South Carolina and Galveston, Texas hurricanes, and provided famine relief in Russia, Turkey and Armenia. Barton’s preferred approach to disaster/war relief was “hands on” but many opposed this style of fieldwork. After a lot of push back to her leadership style, she resigned from her role as head of the American Red Cross May 14, 1904.

The George Washington Memorial Parkway today preserves and interprets the building that served as both her final residence and the headquarters for the American Red Cross in Glen Echo, Maryland. The American Red Cross is still very active today and continues to work towards its mission to “... prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

George Washington Memorial Parkway
04/22/2020

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Today is Earth Day! We had hoped to host volunteer events and activities to celebrate, but unfortunately due to the COVID-19 response we will have to postpone our plans until a later time. However, even if we can't see our volunteers in person, we can still send them our love! Here at the parkway, volunteers are integral to almost all aspect of the park. Some of the work they do is very visible, and some is more behind the scenes, but make no mistake, if you have visited any of our sites, you have seen the their impact. Please join us in celebrating our amazing volunteers by sharing your favorite pictures, memories or experiences with or as a volunteer at the parkway!
#NationalParkWeek #EarthDay #VIP50

George Washington Memorial Parkway
04/21/2020

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Did you know that the George Washington Memorial Parkway has 33 million roadway users a year? It was originally opened in 1932 as memorial highway meant to link the nation’s capital, Washington, DC to George Washington's Mount Vernon. Over the years the parkway has been expanded along the Potomac River and development has grown up around the parkway, but it remains to this day a living memorial to the country's first president, George Washington.

#NationalParkWeek #TransportationTuesday #NPSOnTheMove

USS Theodore Roosevelt
03/29/2020

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Family and Friends of the Rough Riders,

We safely arrived in Guam yesterday and we are moving ahead smartly with our mission to protect and improve the health of the force. That has been our top priority and will continue to be.

I ask for your patience as we establish ourselves here and your loved ones work through their abilities to contact you personally. I assure you, they are as anxious to talk with you, as you are with them. We are working through our various courses of action to keep everyone safe, well fed, and taken care of throughout our time in Guam.

Like our Nation, the Navy and the USS Theodore Roosevelt are putting all of our resources into battling COVID-19 and we know we will be successful and back at sea soon.

Thanks for your continued support.

CAPT Brett E. Crozier
Commanding Officer
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

03/07/2020
Submission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association:Have a high school junior in your life?The Theodore Roosevelt Associa...
01/29/2020
Public Speaking Contest | Long Island University

Submission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association:
Have a high school junior in your life?
The Theodore Roosevelt Association is running an essay contest this year for high school juniors in conjunction with Long Island University. There are large scholarships to LIU for the winners, but also cash prizes. Frankly, it's the first year that we're doing the contest, so chances are there will be fewer participants this year, and it will be easier to win. The topic is "“Why Theodore Roosevelt matters in the 21st century”, and entries must be submitted by Feb. 27th. I have, um, lots of resources that interested students can borrow. Feel free to share widely. https://liu.edu/roosevelt/contest

Make sure you get to Theodore Roosevelt Island today for the TR birthday celebration! 10 a.m. to 2 PM. These adorable cu...
11/03/2019

Make sure you get to Theodore Roosevelt Island today for the TR birthday celebration! 10 a.m. to 2 PM. These adorable cupcakes will be served at noon.

10/30/2019
Theodore Roosevelt Association

Theodore Roosevelt Association

Thank you, Rep. French Hill @RepFrenchHill for sponsoring the planting of a tree at the U.S. Capitol in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt!

The TRA greatly appreciates your commitment to TR's legacy. Your words today resonate with all Americans.

10/26/2019

We will be *postponing* Sunday's scheduled outdoor movie screening of a new documentary about Theodore Roosevelt and the island until the spring.

Also: Go Nats!

Theodore  Roosevelt Association
09/12/2019

Theodore Roosevelt Association

NYC Event Alert!

TONIGHT ---

The brand new musical, THEODORE IN THE VALLEY, is being performed again in Fort Tryon Park. Roughly 70 people sat down on their blankets and camp chairs to see the heart, the hurt and the healing of Theodore Roosevelt last night.

Tonight the show will relocate to a large gazebo in the park, tomorrow back at Billings Lawn and then closing Saturday night 9/14 at Cafe Lawn. If you come tonight, don't forget to bring an umbrella and keep in mind that due to the weather we plan to perform a slightly-reduced version of the show at the large gazebo near Fort Tryon’s dog park! Shows are at 6pm every night, and best of all....FREE.

Join author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley on a a tour of the National Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt that is li...
09/02/2019
An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Join author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley on a a tour of the National Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt that is like no other!

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley lead a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species in their late-fall glory.

Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while you gaze across the river toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic D.C. landmarks. During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees: A Year in Rock Creek Park and a forthcoming nature memoir about Theodore Roosevelt Island, and is *the* expert on the flora and fauna at the memorial.

https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/autumn-nature-walk-on-theodore-roosevelt-island

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Hi! Is the island open during this time? I'd love to go take a walk there since I almost never go outside during the pandemic, but I also understand why it would be shut down.
FORGOTTEN HISTORY. WHERE ARE THE ROOSEVELT WOMEN? When Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. was designing Roosevelt Island, he envisioned an observation deck near Mrs. Mason’s summer garden on the south end of the island. But the trees grew up and obscured the view before the plan could be executed. As an old DC tour guide, it occurred to me that Mrs. Mason would approve a redesign to a woman’s meditation circle in the manner of the current exhibit at Glenstone, Potomac, MD. See Janet Cardiff/ George Bures Miller photos in the Washington Post Weekend Section 31 January 2020. (below) “If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody come sit by me. “ It is never too late to include Mrs. Bullock (TR’s Confederate mother), TR’s Wife/First Lady, Edith (who is my Job Tyler cousin), and Alice, the rambunctious daughter, in the mix (now at Rock Creek Church Cemetery in NE. D.C.) An exploratory installation of a dozen logs would put to good use some of the distressed ash tree stumps, many already cut to size and scattered about the island.
I went hiking there for the first time in months this past weekend and saw quite a few Japanese beetles. Should I report this, or is this common knowledge? Don't want a repeat of what happened when the ash borers took over!
Can't resist sharing.... crowded day at the National TR Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Island!
First day out as an “official” Park Service Volunteer! Marked the occasion by trying out the backpack frame I bought so I could keep up with my TR Island cleanups over the winter ... worked like a charm! Hauled out a barrel & 2 bags trash
Today’s haul from TR Island & Little Island. First time trying the “Kayak-SUP Trailer”! Among the notable finds: *Part of a boat console *Construction barrel *Porta-Pottie holding tank 😷 Happy Columbus Day!
Today’s TR-shoreline “harvest”
Happy Memorial Day weekend! #kayaks #trash #pickup
Hi FOTRI! We’d love to have you join us for parkrun this Saturday at nine, before the big cleanup! We’re a free, weekly, timed 5K that takes place every Saturday morning on Roosevelt Island. For more info, please visit our site!
Dear fellow FOTRI members: I went out to the island in the snow today to take pictures. Thought you might like to see one.
just happened to catch Clay Jenkinson reviewing his notes for his tribute to TR at the 50th anniversary celebration. He did a Great job.