Sagamore Hill National Historic Site invites you to bring your family and friends, dressed in your best patriotic attire, to join the day-long outdoor activities on Thursday, July 4th, 2019, all of which are free and open to the public.
Attendees will see history come alive as Theodore Roosevelt, performed by Joe Wiegand, greets visitors throughout the day while enjoying family friendly activities offered from 12:00pm-4:00pm. At 2:00pm, the main program will begin with speeches and a performance from the Calliope Brass Band.
For more information, "Find Out More" at the National Park Service: Sagamore Hill website.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site presents a new museum exhibit for 2019, “Theodore Roosevelt, A Man for the Modern World.” The exhibit celebrates the presidency and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, who is often considered the first modern president. TR led the nation into the 20th century – a time of rapid technological advancement and societal changes that required a leader to be innovative, energetic, and media savvy. The exhibition opened to the public on March 3, 2019 at Sagamore Hill's Old Orchard Museum & Visitor Center and will run throughout the year.
Sagamore Hill is proud to host its second annual free Astronomy Nights in partnership with the Amateur Observers Society of New York.
These events include presentations on nightly celestial events and stargazing through telescopes about the grounds.
All ages and skill levels of astronomers are welcome. Please bring flashlights, refreshments, chairs, and a blanket. Weather may impact the event, keep an eye on Sagamore Hill's website and social media pages for updates.
Saturday, July 20, 8:30 PM
Friday, August 30, 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 21, 7:30 PM
Registration required. For more information, "Find Out More" at the National Park Service: Sagamore Hill website.
In June of 2014, The Friends of Sagamore Hill sponsored a fundraiser that celebrated the premiere of Ken Burns' The Roosevelts An Intimate History on PBS. Both Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward were in attendance. Click on the Download buttons below to view the 2-page program from that evening.
Theodore Roosevelt would have felt very much at home at Sagamore Hill on Sunday. The grounds of the animal-loving president’s permanent residence were filled with barking dogs and their families during the historic site's Dog Day. Sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill, Dog Day was the organization’s kick off to National Park Week. More than 150 dog owners brought their four-legged friends to the park to enjoy activities, contests, food for humans and dogs as well as special performances and training sessions. “The goal of the whole day is to promote responsible dog care and dog walking,” said Friends of Sagamore Hill Board Member Virginia Perrell, of Westbury. Sagamore Hill is one of the few parks on Long Island that invites guests to bring leashed pets onto its grounds. The Long Island Dog Owners Group, a non-profit founded to advocate for dog parks and allowing leashed pets into Long Island parks, was invited to Dog Day to educate visitors on the importance of exercising dogs and leashing pets.
There were almost as many dogs present as there where humans. Many families came with two dogs, some with three and one family had four greyhounds. Staff, volunteers and members of the Friends Board were busy from 10:30 am until nearly 5:00 pm, seeing that every visitor had a good time. Children were busy making dog treats under the supervision of volunteer Teresa Kepertis. Park Guide Danielle Summa had made a bingo game using presidential dogs that kept adults and children scanning all the animals in order to win a bingo prize, a dog pencil. Debbie Bulck, bookstore manager was busy selling souvenirs and awarding Junior Ranger badges to children that earned them.
Dog Day activities began at 11 a.m. and included costume contests, dog treat making and nature walks through the grounds led by park naturalists. The highlight of the day was a dog training presentation by Rick Caran, of Huntington, who gained international attention for training his Yorkshire Terrier, Jilli, to play poker. Caran was joined on stage by two of the four members of his traveling show, Team Jilli Dog – Ruby, a Teacup Yorkshire Terrier and Spidey, a rescued Chihuahua. The dogs performed stage tricks, including a one-on-one doggie basketball game, to an amazed crowd of children, adults and their pets.