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NORTH DAKOTA THEODORE ROOSEVELT CENTENNIAL COMMISSION

Recognizing the influence Theodore Roosevelt had on the history and minds of North Dakotans, the State Legislature created the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission in 1957 (S. L. 1957, Ch. 333) to coordinate the celebration of the centennial of Roosevelt's birth. The Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission consisted of the Governor as chairman, the president of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, and nineteen gubernatorial appointees. The State Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the Commission to operate during the 1957-1959 biennium and allowed it to accept public and private contributions to fund its activities.

As part of a national observance of Roosevelt's birth, the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission sponsored a number of educational and promotional programs, including a school program and symposium of lectures about Theodore Roosevelt at Dickinson State College; development and production of "Old Four Eyes," an outdoor drama about Roosevelt; a speakers bureau centering on Roosevelt and "responsible citizenship;" production of a thirty- minute film on the Badlands; and distribution of books about Roosevelt. The North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission was discontinued on June 30, 1959.

CHRONOLOGY

1957 State Legislature created the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission and appropriated funding throughout the 1957-1959 biennium.

1959 Commission discontinued.

SERIES

30503 Scrapbook, 1957-1958.

SOURCE

Gray, David P. Guide to the North Dakota State Archives, 1985.

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