|Black Hills State University will celebrate Constitution Day 2010 with a presentation by Joe Wiegand, a Theodore Roosevelt scholar who portrays the late President. The performance will be Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Student Union and is free and open to the public. Photo by: Mark Glenn Studios
Black Hills State University will celebrate Constitution Day 2010 with a presentation by Joe Wiegand, a Theodore Roosevelt scholar who portrays the late President. The performance will be Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Student Union and is free and open to the public.
The 26th President of the United States, Roosevelt's roots run deep in the Black Hills. He traveled by horse and wagon through the region when he was a cattle rancher and later United States Civil Service Commissioner in the 1880s and 1890s. During this time Roosevelt and Seth Bullock began a friendship that would last until the end of their lives, both men died in 1919. Before his own death in September of that year, Bullock saw, completed, and dedicated the first posthumous memorial to Roosevelt atop Deadwood's Sheep Mountain, renamed Mount Roosevelt.
As Roosevelt, Wiegand will share stories of life and cowboy adventures along the Little Missouri River and highlights from throughout Roosevelt's life and presidency, including his thoughts on the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and important court cases. At the conclusion of the program, Wiegand will take questions in character as Roosevelt.
In 2008, Wiegand and his family toured the fifty states in a research and performance tour celebrating Roosevelt's 150th birthday. In addition to performances at the White House and Roosevelt's New York City birthplace, Wiegand has performed in Deadwood, the Roosevelt Memorial, the Lead Opera House, and at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.
"It's quite an honor to bring Theodore Roosevelt to life in the Black Hills, a region where the people appreciate his legacy," says Wiegand. "As conservationists, ranchers, hunters and citizens, the people of the Black Hills make one of the best audiences in the country. They love their country and appreciate its history. I'm really looking forward to being at BHSU and to meeting students, faculty and community members."
Wiegand’s Roosevelt performance is presented by the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy with support from the Office of Academic Affairs at BHSU. For more information please contact David Wolff, BHSU associate professor of history, at 605-642-6221 or David.Wolff@BHSU.edu.