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The Bull Moose visits Wapakoneta

May 2, 2014

Cadence Richard, 9, and brother Isaac Richard, 6, pose with President Roosevelt, portrayed by Gib Young, after his presentation. Cadence asked Young for advice on interpreting someone from history. She is participating in a talking museum for her 4-H group. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)

The Auglaize County Public District Library and Auglaize County Historical Society treated guests to a trip in a time machine last night, all the way back to 1912.

History buffs, members of the Otterbein community in Cridersville and even a handful of elementary school students gathered to meet the 26th President of the United States of America, the Bull Moose, the Rough Rider, the Happy Warrior, T.R., Theodore Roosevelt himself, portrayed by presidential interpreter Gib Young.

Sharing anecdotes, facts and Roosevelt’s political views during his 1912 campaign, Young performed in a manner that would have had Roosevelt shouting ‘bully!’ at the top of his lungs.

Adult Services Coordinator at the ACPDL, Andrea Burton, said she was very happy with the turnout and all of the feedback received as people were exiting the event.

“It was great to see so many people come out. The feedback was great, just to hear how much everyone loved it, they really interacted with the question and answer time, that was great, more than I could have hoped for,” Burton said. “Just as everyone was leaving and shaking your hand they were just saying how much they enjoyed it and they could have stayed for another hour. That was great, just verbal feedback to hear, so I’m just really really happy and enjoyed the presentation as well.”

For the full story, see the Friday, May 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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