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Collaboration between NDSU and the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library

I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, spent several years as a rancher in the North Dakota badlands in the 1880s and frequently visited the state until his death in 1919.[1]  One hundred years after his passing, the independent, nonprofit Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation is working to build a presidential library near the entrance to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota. According to its website, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (TRPL) “will comprise a museum, convening space, archive, and research center dedicated to one of the most significant figures in U.S. history.”[2]  As the state’s land-grant research institution, North Dakota State University (NDSU) is well-positioned to develop a sustainable partnership with the TRPL. NDSU has the critical mass of infrastructure, intellect, leadership, and experience necessary to initiate and sustain such a partnership.  Potential focus areas for collaboration include:

  • Leadership/statesmanship
  • Conservationism/stewardship
  • Technology/infrastructure
  • Energy/natural resources
  • Transformational learning

NDSU is already a recognized leader in the areas of transformational learning on and off-campus, conservation, energy, utilization of natural resources, and others Partnering with the TRPL will provide NDSU with an outlet to showcase our strengths to a national and international audience while celebrating a story that is uniquely North Dakotan.

To assess internal interest in collaborating with the TRPL, a luncheon and World Cafe event was held on January 10, 2019; attendees included faculty, staff, and administrators from throughout NDSU. Attendees were asked to consider questions related to the proposed partnership. A salute was made to Theodore Roosevelt featuring local writer and cartoonist, Steve Stark, and included remarks from NDSU President, Dean L. Bresciani. View the White Paper and Tribute Video here. NDSU is proud to take part in this monumental addition to our state.

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Video produced in cooperation with Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library Commission, NDSU Office of the President, NDSU Libraries, and NDSU Extension. Special thanks to NDSU Agriculture Communication.

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[1] Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University website:  www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Learn-About-TR/TR-Trail/TR-Trail-Pages/Theodore-Roosevelt-in-North-Dakota

[2] Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library website: www.trpresidentiallibrary.org/library

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