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John Burroughs

A hall in the American Museum of Natural History with portrait and landscape paintings commemorating the life of poet and naturalist John Burroughs, born 1837, died 1921.

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."