- Historic Sites
Archibald B. Roosevelt Jr.
Archibald "Archie" Bullock Roosevelt, Jr. (1918-1990), the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, was a career intelligence officer, serving with the Army in North Africa and the Middle East in World War II before joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947. A Middle East expert, Roosevelt spoke and understood nearly 20 languages and served as CIA station chief in Istanbul, Madrid, and London before retiring in 1974. He worked as an executive for Chase Manhattan before joining his wife Selwa Roosevelt in her appointment as the Chief of Protocol for the State Department under President Ronald Reagan. Teddy Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York, is now a national historic site. “Even though it is refurbished and roped off, it still does not feel quite like a museum,” Mr. Roosevelt wrote for American Heritage in 1970. “I visited Sagamore only the other day, and I still felt Grandfather there guarding his heritage.”
Why do we need a national nonprofit membership society for American history?
“Save America’s Treasures” has been totally eliminated—the largest Federal program supporting preservation of such treasures as the original Star Spangled Banner and George Washington’s tent.
65% of Americans don’t know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
The “Teaching American History” grants—the largest Federal program supporting history education—have been completely eliminated.
Visits to the Top 20 Civil War battlefields have dropped in half from 1970 to 2009 according to official National Park Service statistics.
40% of Americans can’t identify whom we fought in World War II, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
A quarter of Americans believe Congress shares power over U.S. foreign policy with the United Nations, according to a recent Annenberg survey.
“There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country,” John F. Kennedy wrote in American Heritage.
The “We the People Program,” which touched some 30 million students and 90,000 teachers over 25 years, has been completely eliminated.
Two-thirds of Americans could not correctly name Yorktown as the last major military action of the American Revolution, according to a recent national Gallup survey.
The National Heritage Areas and Scenic Byways program, the only major Federal program encouraging visits to historic places, has been completely eliminated in Congressional committee.