Work is under way at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to bring many of Theodore Roosevelt's papers to your computer monitor.
Sagamore Hill, of course, was President Roosevelt's "summer White House" and where he lived out the last year's of his life.
Since last August two women with a passion for history -- Jacqueline Billig and Sarah Curley -- have been working under historic site Museum Technician Mark Koziolat at Sagamore Hill, thanks to the support of Dickinson State University in North Dakota, to digitize many of the president's papers. Once they finish, the documents will be made available on the Internet in much the same way papers from presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are available on the Library of Congress website.
According to the National Park Service, the "bulk of the Roosevelt papers exist in two repositories: the Library of Congress and the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Other items are held by the six National Park Service sites connected to Theodore Roosevelt: the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in New York City, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, D.C., Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Mount Rushmore."
Ms. Billig is a teaching artist, educator and self-described lifelong learner. She holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a major in psychology. Ms. Billig, who recalls visiting Sagamore Hill with her fourth-grade class, was enticed by her love of history to apply for the digitization work.
Ms. Curley holds a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has a true appreciation and passion for the arts and history. She found the position at Sagamore Hill to be a genuinely remarkable opportunity both professionally and personally.
Additionally, the women discovered a new found appreciation for the Park Service. They were surprised to see the amount of time, hard work and dedication that goes into a National Park Service operation. Sarah plans to begin giving tours of the Theodore Roosevelt Home as a volunteer with the hopes of one day landing a park ranger position with the Park Service.