The Presque Isle Historical Society is celebrating President Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday with a new event – “Roosevelt Day at the Museum.”

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Teddy Roosevelt, our nation’s 26th President and considered the first “modern” President was born on October 27.  To celebrate his birth, the Presque Isle Historical Society is showcasing its Roosevelt artifacts in an exhibit at the Maysville Museum.

Craig Green, Presque Isle Historical Society Board President, says, “The Society is very fortunate to have some outstanding Roosevelt artifacts.  Add this to the special guest appearance by Andrew Vietze, author of “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt” and you have an amazing evening at the museum!”

Vietze, a part-time park ranger at Baxter State Park and former managing editor of Down East:  The Magazine of Maine, has written twelve books.  His book on Roosevelt won a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, was honored by the Maine State Legislature, and was a 2010 Book of the Year finalist in the biography category.

Kim Smith, Historical Society Secretary/Treasurer, states, “Roosevelt was a larger-than-life man.  He was the first US citizen to win a Nobel Peace Prize, built the Panama Canal, established the US Forest Service to conserve public land and protect wildlife, took on big business, and once gave a speech after having been shot in the chest.  He said in a letter, ‘I owe a personal debt to Maine because of my association with certain staunch friends in Aroostook County.’  He credits his relationship with a Maine Guide in becoming the man he was.  It is through the descendants of one of his Aroostook County guides that we now have these fascinating artifacts in our collection.”

The collection includes a long barrel Colt revolver, a birch bark moose call, and a red velvet framed mirror adorned with buffalo horns.  The mirror hung over the mantle at Roosevelt’s ranch in the Dakotas.

Roosevelt Day at the Museum will take place on Friday, October 27 at The Maysville Museum located at 165 Caribou Road.  The event will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a $10 admission at the door.

For more information on this project or the Society’s many programs and tours, call 762-1151, e-mail, or visit their website at

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