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TR, The Conservationist

President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most powerful voices in the history of American conservation. Captivated by nature as a child, Roosevelt cherished and promoted our nation’s landscapes and wildlife. After becoming president in 1901, Roosevelt used his authority to establish 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments on more than 230 million acres of public land.

TR, Fascinating Relatives - Saints and Sinners

Many assume that the Roosevelt's are a political family. In fact, Roosevelt's have been involved in every aspect of American life, both sunny and shady. This talk highlights sportsmen, soldiers, business people, artisans, religious figures, inventors, a candy maker, along with others who are less admirable but no less interesting, bringing to life many colorful Roosevelt's who have been overshadowed by their more famous political relatives.

TR, Literary Fella

Although Theodore Roosevelt was a remarkably influential politician, he actually made his living from his pen. His output was extraordinary. The account of what TR wrote, what he read, how he influenced other writers, and his impact on the intellectual life of America is full of surprising anecdotes and reveals much about TR’s mind, his leadership, and his intellectual influence.

TR, Master Diplomat

This little known area of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency probably did more to keep the world at peace than any other president has achieved. His approach is a blueprint for the best way to conduct foreign policy.

Down the Amazon

TR's Brazilian adventure, undoubtedly his most dangerous which he barely survived, juxtaposed with the journey Tweed Roosevelt made retracing this adventure through country as wild today as it was in 1914.

TR and the Navy

A story on how Theodore Roosevelt used naval power to make the U.S. a world power. This lecture includes a discussion of the current drama on the aircraft carrier named after him, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN17).

In The Badlands

As a young deputy sheriff in North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt hunted down dangerous desperadoes, almost got into a duel with a crack shot French aristocrat, and saved a saloon of drinkers by punching out a terrorizing drunkard.

Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection @ LIU

LIU's Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection is comprehensive with holdings of more than 3,000 books, pamphlets, documents, and archives concerning the life, times, and interests of our 26th President as well as Theodore Roosevelt's rich and prolific writings.



The National Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest for High School Juniors and Seniors is now closed.


Why Theodore Roosevelt matters in the 21st century?


  • Speeches should be original. Consultation with teachers or coaches is permitted.
  • Speech content is restricted to the topic "Why Theodore Roosevelt Matters in the 21st Century".
  • Speeches should be memorized. Students may glance at a single note card during their presentations.
  • Speeches should be approximately four minutes in duration.


Contest Deadline:   Thursday, April 8, 2021
Finalists Selected:   Friday, April 16, 2021
Virtual Finals:   Saturday, April 24, 2021

More Information on Submission Guidelines

Sandra Richard
Office of the President