We Honor Theodore Roosevelt

Natural History Enthusiast, Conservationist & 26th President of the United States

 Theodore Roosevelt was into terrariums.

Theodore Roosevelt was into terrariums.

What is the connection between Theodore Roosevelt and our terrarium shop? The answer is two-fold:

First, as a young man, Roosevelt, and his younger brother Elliot, were most likely into terrariums. They turned their bedroom into a full-scale natural history museum.  In the mid 1870s, that would have included. not only rocks and minerals, fossils, pressed plant specimens and taxidermy. but also live plants and small amphibians in what people at that time called a Wardian Case. These large terrarium cabinets were a ubiquitous piece of furniture in the drawing rooms of nearly every upper class household right up to 1910. Roosevelt, being an avid enthusiast in Natural History and science, would certainly have had at least one, if not several terrariums. The odds are especially high that Roosevelt would have had terrariums as a necessary part of his "museum." He was an amazing man.

 This is me making a fool of myself trying to look like Theodore Roosevelt.  Fifth grader sees me at his school and says, "Hey, it's the Monopoly Man!"  I respond, "Oh no, young man, I am the anti-monopoly man!" Trust-buster at your service.

This is me making a fool of myself trying to look like Theodore Roosevelt.  Fifth grader sees me at his school and says, "Hey, it's the Monopoly Man!"  I respond, "Oh no, young man, I am the anti-monopoly man!" Trust-buster at your service.

The second connection with Roosevelt and our terrarium shop is that I serve audiences large and small by speaking in character as Theodore Roosevelt. I do this routinely for schools, libraries, youth groups, scout troops and various business and education conferences. But what I really enjoy most is helping out at fund raisers for conservation, hunting and good citizenship groups that Roosevelt would want to support. 

If your school or group would like to host An Hour with Theodore Roosevelt, for educational purposes or as a fund raiser, please contact me here at the shop and I will try to work your event into my schedule. My fees are very reasonable, and I would be deeeelighted to serve you.