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Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Making the Memorial

 
 
Making the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 5, 2018
1. Making the Memorial
Inscription. In 1931 the Roosevelt Memorial Association purchased this island to create a living tribute to the former president. Congress designated funds for the project in 1960, and architectural designs were approved in 1961. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the memorial on Roosevelt's birthday in October 1967.

Construction on the memorial progressed from 1964 to 1967. The 18-foot-high bronze statue sculpted by Paul Manship shows President Roosevelt with one armed raised in his familiar speaking pose.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Plaza features the only monument in Washington, DC, dedicated to the 26th president of the United States. Flanked by four 20-foot-high monoliths inscribed with quotations from Roosevelt, the oversized centerpiece captures the larger-than-life spirit of the conservationist leader.

"It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer." – Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
 
Erected 2018.
 
Location. 38° 53.825′ N, 77° 3.84′ W. Marker is in Theodore Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia, in Washington. Touch for map. Marker is at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Roosevelt Island. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Making the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 5, 2018
2. Making the Memorial
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Force of Nature (approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); American Indian Villages and Captain John Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); Mason Mansion about 1900 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Causeway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Naturalist (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mason Estate (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Haggerty (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Theodore Roosevelt Island.
 
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Construction of the Memorial image. Click for full size.
3. Construction of the Memorial
Construction on the memorial progressed from 1964 to 1967. The 18-foot-high bronze statue sculpted by Paul Manship shows President Roosevelt with one arm raised in his familiar speaking pose.
Close-up of photo on marker
Close-up of photo on marker: Theodore Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Smith Studio, September 12, 1910
4. Close-up of photo on marker: Theodore Roosevelt
The photo on the marker has been extensively cropped - the original version (available at the Library of Congress) shows Roosevelt standing on a table surrounded by a large (all male, seated) crowd.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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