preparation for a visit to our museum by Joe Wiegand (who is acclaimed as the
nation's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor), Benton County Museum has put on
display a variety of artifacts and photographs from the museum’s artifact collection. Over the span of several months we posted
them on our Facebook page, and they're compiled here for a
quick reference to this collection of Teddy Roosevelt artifacts.
Hill, New York
Sagamore Hill was known as the “Summer
White House” during President Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency from
1901-1909. According to the National
Park Service, “Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife Eleanor Alexander Roosevelt
built the house they called ‘Old Orchard’ in 1937-1938 on four acres of land
purchased from Ted’s mother in the Sagamore Hill apple orchard.” A public auction was held after Eleanor’s
death in 1960. Two years later Sagamore
Hill became a National Historic Site and it continues to be maintained by the
National Park Service.
Roosevelt's love of coffee was well known.
He often drank a gallon a day, sometimes with as many as seven lumps of
sugar in one cup. His son, Ted, Jr.,
said his father's coffee cup was "more in the nature of a bathtub."
lusterware Tea Service
This hand-painted pink lusterware tea
service came from Old Orchard, Sagamore Hill, Long Island, the home of Theodore
Roosevelt, Junior. It was purchased from an estate sale after the death of
Roosevelt's wife in 1960.
was developed near Baghdad in the ninth century, used by the Moors in Spain,
and revived in England in the 1800s. The iridescent effect is created by
painting with gold oxide over a glazed object and firing again.
House invitation and envelope
from First Lady Edith Carrow Roosevelt
to Hon. & Mrs. Charles C. Reid
Tuesday, April 29, 1902
(D-AR) served as U.S. Representative from 1901-1911.
In 1911, Theodore Roosevelt was seeking nomination as the
Progressive Party’s candidate for President.
Traveling by rail to the party’s convention in Portland, he made a brief
stop in Eugene where he spoke for an hour to a large crowd.
Oregon Trail Monument Expedition
pioneer and Oregon Trail historian Ezra Meeker met with President Theodore
Roosevelt in 1907. Meeker traveled by covered wagon from Puyallup, Washington,
to Washington D.C. in support of preserving and commemorating the Oregon Trail.
In a speech in 1899, Theodore Roosevelt set forth his personal philosophy
of a “strenuous life.” A part of that speech and a facsimile of his signature
appear below a bas relief portrait on this bronze plaque.
Invitation to the dedication and unveiling of the statue of
In 1922, Dr. Henry Coe, a
long-time friend and supporter of Theodore Roosevelt presented this statue to
the city of Portland. The 18-foot bronze statue by New York sculptor Alexander Phimister shows Roosevelt
dressed in the Roughrider uniform he wore for the famous assault on San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. The statue is located in Portland’s Park
blocks between Jefferson and Madison Streets.
Minton China from the White House 1901-1909
This fine Minton china was imported
by Gilman Collamore & Co, which was located at Fifth Ave & 30th Street,
New York, from 1861 until approximately 1920.
Front and reverse views of a stereograph photo of President Roosevelt's inauguration, March 4, 1905.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its mission is to:
1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.