On-Site Education Programs
This guided tour takes you back to September 1901 to witness the history-altering events surrounding President McKinley's death and Roosevelt's inauguration. Hear Roosevelt's concerns as he prepares to take office, and be present for his fateful inauguration. Self-guided exhibits continue the story, exploring the impact that Roosevelt's presidency had upon the nation. Recommended for grades 4 and up. All group tours are by reservation only. 1 hour for up to 25 persons, 2 hours for 25-50. Fee is $3.00 per student.
Young students are introduced to Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt through story-telling time of how the teddy bear got its name. Students also craft a cardboard teddy bear to take home! A brief house tour concludes the program. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bears along to hear the story of their family tree. Grade K-1 1 hour . All group tours are by reservation only. We recommend a minimum of one chaperone per 10 students for this activity. Fee is $3.00 per student
Teedie & Me
This program helps children learn about historical change over time. It begins with an illustrated talk describing Theodore Roosevelt's childhood in the 1860s and 1870s. Discussion involves how his childhood (family, home, furnishings, toys, clothing, etc.) was different from the students' lives today. Following this, an activity compares everyday late 19th-century household items, toys, clothes, etc. with their present-day counterparts. Through discussion, students are asked to explain how the objects are different and why they think the changes have taken place.day counterparts. Through discussion, students are asked to explain how the objects are different and why they think the changes have taken place. Grade 2-3 Program length - 1 hour. Fee is $3.00 per student.
Students travel back in time to 1901, assuming the role of reporters documenting Roosevelt's unexpected inauguration in Buffalo, as well as gathering opinions from members of the public and translating Morse code telegrams sent to Roosevelt in Buffalo. Grade 4-6 Program length - 3 ½ hours. Fee is $3.00 per student.
Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Movement, and Big Stick Diplomacy
Explore how Roosevelt's “Square Deal” advanced the reforms of a progressive era, and how his “big stick” contributed to America's rise to global prominence. Students tour the museum, traveling back to September 1901 to be present for Roosevelt's inauguration as president, and examine political cartoons of the era to explore the issues facing the nation at the time. Recommended for grades 8-11. Program length - 1.5 hours. Fee is $3.00 per student.
All group tours of ten or more are required to have advance reservations. In order to allow us to schedule necessary staff and volunteers, we ask that reservations be made at least two weeks in advance. However, in order to ensure that the tour date of your preference is available, earlier is better. To make reservations, call 716-884-0095. Due to space limitations, our capacity is limited. Maximum group size is 50 persons. A student/chaperone ratio of about 10/1 is recommended. Expect that tour groups larger than 12 will be divided up into smaller groups of 10-12 persons during your visit. Each of the small tour sub-groups should have a chaperone with them. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for maintaining discipline during the visit.
Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration is an integral part of American history. To help you share the story in your classroom, the National Park Service's Teaching With Historic Places has developed a lesson plan entitled Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site: Birthplace of the Modern Presidency. The curriculum includes both reading material and activities, and provides a rich opportunity for your students to learn about the people, places, and events surrounding the inauguration.
These programs are provided by a member of our staff or a trained volunteer. Additional research has been done and original materials are sometimes brought in for the program. Availability of programs may depend upon availability of trained facilitators. A $100.00 fee is charged for outreach programs within Western New York. Additional fees may apply for requests outside the region. Note: If outreach location is over 15 miles from the Site, an additional $1.00 per mile travel fee will be charged.
Campaigning Through History
Bren T. Price, Sr. presents his vast collection of political campaign memorabilia, dating back to George Washington. This show-and-tell program weaves together history and politics, and demonstrates how campaigning has changed - and not changed - over two centuries. You can also bring your own campaign item for a “Road Show” evaluation.
What Ken Burns Left Out
Ken Burns' 2014 PBS documentary (The Roosevelts: An Intimate History) glanced over the events leading up to TR's 1901 inauguration. This program fills in those gaps and discusses the historical turning point that took place right here in WNY.
1901 Buffalo, Birthplace of a New Presidency
This program describes the circumstances of William McKinley's assassination and Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration in Buffalo, NY, in 1901.
Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century
This brief biography of Theodore Roosevelt explores the early experiences that shaped the man, and the impact of his presidency on the course of American and world history.
From All Corners of the Earth: Visitors To the Pan-American Exposition
Using information culled from surviving guest registers and various other sources, this largely anecdotal presentation seeks to provide the audience with a sense of what visitors really thought and did while they were in Buffalo during 1901.
The History of Teddy's Bear
Few people can claim to be immortalized by a toy. This program tells the story of how the teddy bear was named for our 26th President.
Buffalo's Presidential Connections
Hear about the role the city of Buffalo played in the lives of four Presidents: Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Defending the Undefended Border
This program examines the Patriots' War in Canada in the late 1830's, and its impact on Western New York. This little-known uprising brought the United States and Britain to the brink of war, led to a military garrison in Buffalo, and ultimately produced the structure that today serves as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
For more information about additional education resources available from your local Buffalo cultural institutions, visit Museums4Teachers.org.
Recommended Reading - For Adults
Recommended Reading - For Students
Time for Kids TR page
The Teddy Bear Museum
Be Sure to Visit the Other National Parks Related to Theodore Roosevelt:
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Theodore Roosevelt's home)
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is operated by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation, a registered non-profit organization, through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service.
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