Theodore Roosevelt, Reprisor – 26th President of the United States
Joe Wiegand is the nation’s premiere reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt. Joe is a political science graduate of The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a former graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois. Former President of the American Legion Boys Nation program, Joe is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Fellow. Joe is a twenty-six year member of Rotary International and a member of the National Association for interpretation. A former county commissioner in DeKalb County, Illinois, Joe and his family now reside nearby Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Prior to reprising Theodore Roosevelt, Joe spent twenty-five years in the rough and tumble world of Illinois politics, managing gubernatorial and presidential campaigns at the height of his political career. In 2008, Joe set out with his wife, Jenny, daughter, Sam, and golden retriever, Faith, on a fifty state tour celebrating TR’s Sesquicentennial birthday and the Centennial of TR’s final year in office. The highlight was a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. George W. Bush on TR’s 150th birthday.
Joe’s live performances have been featured at hundreds of historic places associated with TR’s life and legacy, including TR’s New York City Birthplace, his Buffalo New York Inaugural Site, and beloved home, Sagamore Hill,in Oyster Ball, Long Island. Joe has been featured at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and served as the body model for the seated naturalist Roosevelt bronze sculpture in Roosevelt Memorial Hall at the Museum. Featured at the official National Park Service Centennial Celebration at Yellowstone National Park, Joe’s Theodore Roosevelt is based on solid scholarship and delivered with Rooseveltian showmanship.
Today, Joe performs in all fifty states and internationally. He has been featured in film and television, most recently in “The Men Who Built America” on the History Channel, and in “National Parks Adventure”, an IMAX film about America’s National Parks. Joe’s TR Tour is sponsored, in part, by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation of Medora, North Dakota.
(photograph courtesy of Mark Glenn Studios)
About Sadie Gwin Blackburn
Sadie Gwin Blackburn is a native Texan and has resided in Houston since 1939. She attended Sweet Briar College and the University of Texas and she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from Rice University.
Sadie Gwin’s community involvement reaches beyond the River Oaks Garden Club. She has served as President of the Garden Club of America, Vice Chairman of the National Parks Conservation Association and has been a member of the Mercer Arboretum Advisory Council, Armand Bayou Advisory Board, Memorial Park Conservancy, Hermann Park Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Houston Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Sadie Gwin is a former president of the Board of the San Jacinto Museum of History and directed a special project to prepare a master plan for the San Jacinto Battlefield State Park. She also was a founding member of Asia Society Texas Center and secretary of its board.
Sadie Gwin has been honored with many awards including a Resolution of Appreciation by the San Jacinto Museum of History Board of Trustees, a Leadership Award from the Park People, and has been recognized for “dedication to beauty, nature, and gardening” by Friends of Hermann Park Board and as Houston’s “Scenic Visionary” by Scenic Houston. Sadie Gwin Blackburn, an outstanding Houstonian devoted to conservation, preservation and environmental issues, is truly a Texas Treasure.
The Sadie Gwin Blackburn Conservation Fund was created to provide exceptional speakers for the annual Environmental Seminar. Please send contributions to:
Sadie Gwin Blackburn
River Oaks Garden Club
Houston, TX 77098-1321