National Park Service spotlights Theodore Roosevelt Island

A statue of President Theodore Roosevelt was dedicated in the 1960s on the island in the Potomac River that bears his name. (National Park Service)

The National Park Service will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial with a family-friendly program on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roosevelt Island.

The event will include addresses at 2 p.m. by Tweed Roosevelt (President Roosevelt’s great-grandson) and academics, discussing the legacy of the nation’s 26th president. Activities will include a morning bird-watching walk, living history by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B, President Theodore Roosevelt re-enactor Joe Wiegand, Teddy Bear story time, tours of the island, safari walks, games, exhibits and crafts. Food offerings – fried chicken and Indian pudding – will be available.

The celebration is presented by  the National Park Service,  Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Parking at the site will be very limited. Free shuttle service will be provided from the North Pentagon Parking Lot, and the island is accessible via the Rosslyn Metro station and Mount Vernon Trail.

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