“Anyone who has admired Teddy Roosevelt will want to see the way Joe brings the colonel of the Rough Riders to life,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “Roosevelt was not only an American icon, but actually played an important role in the history of the Klamath Basin by establishing Crater Lake National Park.”
Wiegand travels across the country performing “The Teddy Roosevelt Show” for schools, clubs and other organizations. He performed in the White House in 2008 as part of a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birth.
Wiegand will conduct a tour through Oregon next week as part of a program sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo Bank. His appearance at the Ragland is sponsored by the Klamath County Museum Foundation.
Admission is open to anyone interested.
Before serving as the 26th president of the United States, Roosevelt had served as governor of New York, a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, police commissioner in New York City and assistant secretary of the Navy.
Known for his interest in nature, Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing Crater Lake National Park in 1902, and another establishing the Lower Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge in 1908.
Following is a list of other special programs to be presented at the Klamath County Museum during “Free Museum Week.” Each program begins at 7 p.m. at the museum, 1451 Main St.
Wednesday – “A Promise to Veterans: Klamath Irrigation Project’s Tulelake Irrigation District” will be presented by Mark Clark and Anne Hiller-Clark. The program will examine settlement of the reclaimed Tule Lake bed by different generations of military veterans.
Thursday – “Acquisition Exhibition IV” will feature objections recently acquired by the Klamath County Museum, including period photos from the Modoc Indian War and numerous other historic photos. The Fort Klamath saddle will also be on display.
Friday – “The South Suburbs in the ’50s” will examine a set of aerial photos recently donated to the Klamath County Museum, showing how development spread across the valley from Klamath Falls to the east.
The Klamath County Museum will be open extended hours next week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Regular hours of 9 to 5 will be kept on Saturday.
The Baldwin Hotel will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with free building tours being offered.
For more information call the Klamath County Museum at (541) 883-4208, or go to http://www.co.klamath.or.us/
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