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Theodore Roosevelt’s Home Reopening

June 12, 2015

This would be so fun to walk through and enjoy.

TR was one of the most idealistic leaders this nation has ever had.  One of the most intelligent.  A politician that modern-day Republicans should try to emulate.

In this June 9, 2015, photo, Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's  "Summer White House,"  is shown at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, N.Y. The three-story, 28-room mansion, named by Roosevelt after the Indian chief Sagamore Mohannis, will reopen July 12, 2015,  after a four-year, $10 million renovation by the National Park Service.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In this June 9, 2015, photo, Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s “Summer White House,” is shown at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, N.Y. The three-story, 28-room mansion, named by Roosevelt after the Indian chief Sagamore Mohannis, will reopen July 12, 2015, after a four-year, $10 million renovation by the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Sagamore Hill, the Long Island mansion that was Theodore Roosevelt’s home and “Summer White House,” is set to reopen following an extensive four-year, $10 million renovation by the National Park Service, a fitting custodian for the man who championed historic preservation.

Every one of the 12,000 items owned by the 26th president, including an estimated 10,000 books and dozens of “trophies” from his hunting expeditions, were removed from the 28-room, Queen Anne Shingle style mansion and then painstakingly repaired and replaced exactly where he left them.

“We hope that if he walked through the front door right now, he would think he was back during the presidential years,” said Susan Sarna, curator at Sagamore Hill for the past 25 years and project manager for the renovation. “We really do feel if he was in the library he would feel like he was brought back in time to his home.”

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