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NRA NATIONAL SPORTING ARMS MUSEUM

Guns associated with President Theodore Roosevelt, his friends
and family, help to tell the story of freedom, hunting and
conservation at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.
BY PHILIP SCHREIER, SENIOR CURATOR, NRA MUSEUMS
heodore Roosevelt, our 26th chief executive, was a man of many interests
and pursuits. He was by far our most active and dynamic president. During
his short 60 years of life, he wrote 39 books and 150,000 letters, visited
six of the seven continents, and fathered six children. He is the only
person to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize. The
list could go on and on for many pages, but we remember him here as a hunter
and conservationist.
He was also, like many reading this, a Life member of the National Rifle
Association. "I am so heartily interested in the success of the National Rifle
Association of America and its work ... that I take pleasure in sending you herewith my check for $25 for life membership therein."
A true lover of the outdoors, Theodore Roosevelt was a sportsman with
vision. Some people today might be perplexed at how anyone who hunted with
great zeal could be considered a conservationist and friend of wildlife. Are not
the two at polar opposites from each other? Would it not be seen as hypocritical
of someone to espouse publicly that he was a lover of wildlife and then proceed
to go on a safari where he personally harvested an average of two animals a day,
for an entire year?
Thankfully for our sake, Theodore Roosevelt lived and prospered in an age
when the American public wasn't so easily duped into believing the worst about
someone every time their name appeared in print. It was TR who truly began
and mentored the fledging movement of conservationists that today has paid
rich rewards in dividends more than 100 years later and has survived to fulfill
many of the visions he had for our future.
Young Theodore Roosevelt loved two things-shooting and hunting. The fact
that he could combine the two activities was enough to fill him with boundless
excitement. He established the Roosevelt Museum of Natural History in a corridor
by his bedroom in the fashionable Gramercy Park brownstone where he'd been

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