|Troop 1A of the Arizona Rough Riders Historical Association will present talks and demonstrations of living history on Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ. The commemorative group interprets the service of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, along with discussions on the social customs and history of the 1898 Spanish-American War era. Based in Prescott, AZ., but with participants from all over Arizona, the historians and educators from Troop 1A will dress in period costumes and display military gear and accessories appropriate to the era. The special program honors the birthday and accomplishments of Theodore Roosevelt, leader of the “Rough Riders” and the nation’s 26th President. On December 8, 1906, Roosevelt proclaimed Montezuma Castle one of the country’s first four national monuments. Photo by Diana Emery.|
Troop 1A of the Arizona Rough Riders Historical Association will be joining staff and visitors at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., commemorating the birthday and accomplishments of President Theodore Roosevelt, and contributions of northern Arizona's all-volunteer "Rough Riders" of the Spanish- American War of 1898.
From 11 a.m. to noon, presenters will discuss the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, including his role in designating five national parks, 18 national monuments, and over 200 national forests, bird reservations, game preserves, and reclamation projects during his tenure as the nation's 26th President. Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Montezuma Castle one of the nation's first four national monuments on Dec. 8, 1906, along with El Morro and Petrified Forest. Devils Tower in Wyoming was the country's first national monument.
National Park Service ranger John P. Reid will discuss President Roosevelt's passion for national parks and public lands. Reid graduated from Northern Arizona University and has a special interest in the prehistory and territorial-era history of Northern Arizona.
Guest speaker Dr. Paul Ferlazzo, Northern Arizona University professor emeritus of English, will discuss a little-known fact about Theodore Roosevelt - the president loved poetry and was a dedicated supporter of writers and the arts.
Also during the morning session, members of the Rough Riders Historical Association will outline Col. Roosevelt's military career including recruiting, training, and leading the First Volunteer Cavalry of the Spanish-American War. The commemorative group will also deliver informal presentations on the war, the era, social mores, and contributions of northern Arizona's Troop A, the first volunteers in the country to fill recruitment quotas in 1898.
From noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, visitors will have an opportunity to discuss the era with members of Troop 1A, . The ladies of Troop 1A will also be in period dress and will focus on social customs and conventions of the late 1800s.
Regular admission fees apply. For additional information, call (928) 567-3322, ext. 0.