Former US president Theodore Roosevelt, who died in 1919, will become the newest national landmark next month.
Preservationists are delighted to see the statue of Theodore Roosevelt placed in Grand Forks as the city makes history.
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The statue will go on display at the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library on 25 April. It was placed in the same location as the original Statue of Liberty in 1879.
Roosevelt, who died in 1919 at 72, was president from 1901 to 1909. He was the first president to visit a capital of a foreign nation when he visited Russia in 1910.
The statue will be moved from its current home in Palisades Park in Manhattan, New York City, to Bismarck, North Dakota.
Previously, the statue was placed on Roosevelt’s horse in New York City’s Central Park. It has been moved around the country and overseas. It is displayed in both Washington, DC, and Poughkeepsie, New York, according to a Roosevelt Foundation spokeswoman.
The stone rooster sculpture will be on public display for a limited time.
The foundation hopes it will generate renewed interest in Roosevelt, the Rough Rider of the Rough Riders, the author of the Rough Riders book, the father of conservation, and an avid horseman.
According to a 2009 article in the Robert D. Hass Journal, Roosevelt played an important role in building support for European ratification of the Treaty of Versailles, which established the parameters of the postwar European reconstruction. Roosevelt was joined by President Franklin Roosevelt in agreeing to support passage of the peace agreement in order to speed the disentanglement of the devastated Europe.
During the cold war, Roosevelt fought in World War II, fought in Normandy during D-Day, fought in the Philippines as president of the United States, and helped the US win the Marshall Plan and other peacekeeping operations during the second world war, according to the National Archives, and the Theodore Roosevelt General Store in Bismarck states on its website: “His service in the Army was one of the things that won our independence.”
Hans Ebert, executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Library, said Roosevelt’s enduring legacy shows that when you resolve important issues, action can eventually be taken, even through the challenges of world wars and the social upheaval of the 20th century.
The new statue will be placed in the same location as the original Statue of Liberty in North Dakota. Photograph: SaveAmericaMadisonSca/SaveAmericaMadisonSca/wikimedia commons
“Theodore Roosevelt was a visionary,” Ebert said in a statement. “If you see the significance of the bronze sculpture of his face you can see that he’s the living embodiment of a visionary.”
“New York has lost a great American, and a great citizen, and the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the state of North Dakota have gained an American hero and a living monument.”
He hopes Roosevelt’s monument will inspire the public to support opportunities to preserve New York City’s art and architecture.
“He will always stay in North Dakota as long as North Dakota has New York,” he said.
More than $50,000 has been raised to cover the cost of moving the statue, restoration of the statue, and new signage and artwork, according to the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation.
For more than $90,000, the foundation will provide another 16 months of financial support for relocation, care, maintenance and public education. The commitment includes $15,000 to preserve historic pieces of the original statue in New York City. Ebert said the statue is being examined by a museum expert.
The restoration includes cleaning, preserving the heavy plaster, replacing plaster, touching up the conservation paint and purifying water-based paint with an alkaline water wash.