Monday, August 19, 2019

Teddy Roosevelt Spoke at SLI Grounds 120 Years Ago, on Friday, Aug.18, 1899

This historical fact of Governor Roosevelt's Speech at SLI (then known as the Assembly) was part of yesterday morning's introduction to the Worship Service at Stoody Hall featuring the Dunnamans, a husband and wife duet. 

Roosevelt served as the 25th vice president from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. Vice President Roosevelt  became President in 1901 when William McKinley was assassinated at the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY.

The printed worship folder contained the following introduction:

"Our original charter of 1857 was based on SLI's earliest experience of Camp Meetings in Bergen, NY. In 1895 the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) Headquarters was built (now Stoody Hall) and was intentionally put up as part of Auditorium Park (now Burt Park), at the available NW corner. The Park is and was the center of the SLI community, and where the Silver Lake Camp Meetings began in 1873."

Mr. Roosevelt had been scheduled to speak a second time on Friday, the 18th, at the Walker Road "Entertainment District" but was encouraged to come over to the amphitheater at the Assembly Grounds to give his second speech, which he did. Loren Penman's Silver Lake Arts post picks up the story from there:

120 years ago today (8/18/2019 -- 8/18/1899):

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