John Burroughs

This corridor celebrates nature writer John Burroughs (1837-1921). Among the mementos is a photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady Edith Roosevelt on a 1903 visit to Slabsides, Burroughs' rustic cabin in New York. 

Roosevelt called John Burroughs "Oom John," using the Dutch term for uncle. They shared a passion for the study of nature and writing about it, and they joined in a public campaign against nature writers who took liberties with the facts, the so-called "nature fakers."