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The Young Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt at Wave Hill

September 06 - December 07, 2014
Wave Hill House

The “Conservation President,” as Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) would later come to be known, had some of his earliest experiences with nature during the idyllic summers his family spent at Wave Hill House in the years 1870 and 1871, when Theodore was 12 and 13. The budding naturalist found a haven here at Wave Hill where he could study, draw, and record his observations of local flora and fauna. Already in the drawings and diaries of those early years were signs of his adventurous spirit and relentless desire to categorize, preserve and even conquer the world around him.

The Young Naturalist closes Wave Hill’s programming on illustrious residents, such as Mark Twain, Arturo Toscanini, and Bashford Dean. This exhibition assembles materials related to Roosevelt’s abiding love for the Hudson River Valley, including reproductions of childhood drawings, political cartoons, and two prized books: his boyhood favorite The Boy Hunters, and his own adult memoir African Game Trails. This remarkable dedication to natural history is also celebrated in Glyndor Gallery’s Recapturing the Scenic Wilds.

Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.