Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will begin the celebration of its 50th anniversary on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In July 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation to transfer Sagamore Hill, the Long Island home of Theodore Roosevelt, from the Theodore Roosevelt Association to the American people, to be administered by the National Park Service.
Saturday will be the start of a yearlong celebration. The main program begins at 2 p.m. on the porch of the Roosevelt home and will include a presentation of the colors ceremony by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, a patriotic musical program and an address by James Foote portraying Theodore Roosevelt.
Linda Opyr, the 2011-2013 Nassau County poet laureate, will read a poem and the South Shore Brass Ensemble will perform musical selections.
Peter Dilg, an antique photograph and gramophone expert specializing in Edison wax cylinder acoustic recordings and recording equipment, will record Foote on a wax cylinder.
Musician, author and storyteller Johnny Cuomo will entertain with two programs of songs and stories.
A postal cachet envelope designed especially for the 50th anniversary year will be available for purchase in the visitor center. And a postal mobile unit will be parked just outside the visitor center to cancel the cachets.
For further information, visit www.nps.gov/sahi or call 516-922-4788.
Above: Sagamore Hill was the home of President Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death in 1919. (Dec. 3, 2011)