President Teddy Roosevelt
Speaker: Joe Wiegand
Joe Wiegand is considered the world's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. As an actor and historian, Joe's portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt in live performances make people wonder if TR has come back to life. He will give us a glimpse of the life of our 26th President (1901 to 1909), who was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, TR became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States during the early 20th century.
Joe Wiegand is a political science graduate from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was elected president of the Student Body twice. He served as a graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University before launching his own business as a political campaign consultant and public opinion survey expert. Joe has been named a Wilkins Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.
In 2004, at the pinnacle of a twenty-five year career in public policy and political campaigns, he began performing as Theodore Roosevelt. In 2008, Joe, his wife, Jenny, daughter, Samantha, and Faith, their golden retriever traveled across America in celebration of Theodore Roosevelt's 150th birthday and the final centennial year of TR's historic presidency. The highlight of his 50 state adventure was his performance at the White House and in New York City, the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt.
Joe has been featured as President Roosevelt on the History Channel in “The Men Who Built America” and “National Parks Adventure”. He served as the model for the TR sculpture that’s at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Joe lives near Colorado Springs and has been a member of Rotary for 25 years and is a member of the National Association for Interpretation. During the summer, Joe performs in Medora, North Dakota, which is gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Joe’s performance is gift from Joe Wiegand and the Oregon Historical Society.