Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, paid a campaign visit to Salida September 27, 1900, as governor of New York seeking the vice presidency to which he was elected about two months later. September 25, 2010 two days short of 110 years later “Roosevelt” will return to visit with Salidans in John Held Auditorium at Salida High School.
Clay Jenkinson, among the most sought after Humanities scholars in the United States, will portray President Roosevelt in a performance from 2-5pm September 25. Jenkinson will do a book signing at the John Held Auditorium from 1-2 pm on September 25, his book on Theodore Roosevelt is available for purchase at the BookHaven. Jenkinson is both a Rhodes and Danforht scholar and has performed before several Presidents at the White House . His popular and thought provoking weekly NPR show “The Thomas Jefferson Show” has a national weekly listernship of over two million. Last year, he devoted almost an entire show to his visit in Salida when he portrayed Thomas Jefferson. Anyone interested in hearing that show may visit www.thejefersonhour.org and listen to episode #776 entitled ‘Barns and Parks”.
His presentation is sponsored by the Central Colorado Humanists.Tickets are available exclusively at the BookHaven. Proceeds will support the annual Humanists internship benefiting a local nonprofit group by hiring a local high school student for the summer. The Humanist internship program was established two years ago and the 2009 and 2010 paid summer internships with the Salida Circus and the Chaffee People’s Clinic respectively were great successes for both the assistance provided to the non-profits and learning experiences for the students. One of the primary goals of the Humanist internship program is to foster and emphasize the idea that it is possible for students to create their own fulfilling, enriching and creative career possibilities right here in Salida, with enough ingenuity students do not have to have their futures be limited to moving out of the area or accepting less than fulfilling work opportunities.