President Teddy Roosevelt to appear at Newport’s Carriage House May 16th. Case of “Must-See-Don’t-Dare-Miss!”
Joe Wiegand, regarded as the country’s best Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, will bring his presidential persona to the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 545 SW Ninth St., Newport, at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 16. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and cookies will be served. The program is free to members and $5 for nonmembers. A basic membership is $20 a year.
Wiegand has been bringing Roosevelt to life for years with his unparalleled grasp of history and uncanny resemblance to the 26th president. His depth of knowledge about the personal anecdotes in Roosevelt’s life makes his audiences feel they are truly in the presence of Teddy himself.
“So many of T.R.’s contemporaries testify to the way he entertained audiences with inspirational and humorous stories from his youth, his ranching days, Cuba and the Presidency,” Wiegand said. “I really enjoy sharing T.R.’s funny stories of life in the White House with six kids and telling anecdotes from his many adventures, from bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon.”
“Teddy” Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States (1901-1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his cowboy personality and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the first incarnation of the short-lived Progressive or “Bull Moose” Party of 1912. Before becoming president, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels.
Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as his political achievements. Roosevelt was 42 years old when sworn in as president of the United States, making him the youngest elected president. Roosevelt was also the first of only three sitting presidents to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Wiegand is a political science graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was a Harry S. Truman scholar and Thomas Watson Fellow in his college days. After a 25-year career in politics and public policy, Wiegand began to tour the country as Theodore Roosevelt. In 2008, to celebrate Roosevelt’s 150th birthday, Wiegand toured the 50 states. Their travels culminated with a performance in the East Room of the White House for President and Mrs. Bush on Roosevelt’s birthday.
The program is organized the Oregon Historical Society, sponsored by Wells Fargo, and hosted by the Lincoln County Historical Society. Wiegand will be joined on the tour by OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and Wells Fargo History Museum Manager Steve Greenwood.