Young Naturalist

Part of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.

"It is an incalculable added know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature." -Theodore Roosevelt

October 27, 1858
Headshot of young boy, Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt Born: Born at 28 E. 20th St, New York City.


June 1862

Patricia O'Toole: Roosevelt struggles with asthma throughout childhood; turns to fresh, outdoor air for relief.

Spine of an embossed copy of Darwin's The Origin of Species.

Reads Darwin's Origin: On the Origin of Species (1859) revolutionized scientific thinking and inspires Roosevelt to continue his natural history study. 


April 6, 1869
Taxidermist John Bell, photographed from the chest up.

Learns Taxidermy: To preserve the birds he collects, Roosevelt learns taxidermy from John Bell, a famous taxidermist and colleague of wildlife artist John James Audubon. 



Douglas Brinkley: Roosevelt's first glasses changed his life: "I had no idea how beautiful the world was until I got those spectacles."

March 1872
October 1872
Fall 1876
Title page of The Summer Birds of the Adirondacks in Franklin County, N.Y. by Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Publishes Summer Birds of the Adirondacks: The booklet gains him the attention of noted naturalist C. Hart Merriam and a listing in the 1877 Naturalists Directory. 


June 1880

Edmund Morris: Roosevelt, with sighs set on becoming a politician, graduates from Harvard with honors.