Ask President Roosevelt

“Ask President Roosevelt” is a feature of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Member Newsletter, the Rough Riders Review. For five summers, veteran TR repriser, historian, and actor Joe Wiegand has brought Theodore Roosevelt to life on the matinee stage at Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater. During the off-season, Joe travels the country as TR, representing the Medora Foundation. As part of every performance, in character as TR, Wiegand takes questions from the audience.


Q: How did you spend your winter, Colonel Roosevelt? Any big plans for the summer ahead?

A: Like so many of you, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays spent with family were the most special occasions. Of course, I toured the country, performing for audiences from Portland, Oregon to Saranac Lake, New  York. Like many a North Dakotan, the winter found me in Florida, Arizona, and Southern California, where thousands of Medora Musical fans follow the migratory fowl.

Traveling the country and telling people about Medora and the beautiful Badlands of North Dakota is a real honor and pleasure,

but there was nothing more enjoyable this winter than performing for the school children in Golva, Beach, and Ellendale, North Dakota, and for the Rough Riders in Fargo and Sioux Falls! Finally, winter is a season to fix machinery, sharpen tools, and make a big plan for the summer.


This promises to be the best summer yet in Medora, and I hope to see old friends and new at the Old Town Hall Theater.

It’s a terrific honor to lead the Teddy Troupe to France this July 14, Bastille Day, to participate in the ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of Theodore and Edith, over the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. Our own Austin Artz of Minot, North Dakota, will portray Quentin both here in Medora, and in France, where the local French elementary school will be renamed for Quentin Roosevelt during our visit. Check out Teddy goes to France here!


TR and his son Quentin, at left, meet General John Pershing.

General Pershing joins us, and Grand Forks native and folk artist extraordinaire Tom Brosseau leads a three-member musical team to accompany our troupe and honor French-American friendship. To learn more about this Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Goodwill Ambassador Performance of Music & History, please visit

Another big adventure that has required a lot of planning is the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Cuba Cruise, January 31 – February 11, 2019 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Havana, Cuba and Santiago de Cuba, site of the Battle of San Juan Hill.

Join me, Randy Hatzenbuhler and our lovely wives as we sail through history. Visit 

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