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Sagamore Hill receives national award

Fifteen employees at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Fifteen employees at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site dug out porcelain berry and other invasive plants from the meadow of the historic cow pasture. (Dec. 3, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has received the National Park Service’s National Programmatic Accessibility Achievement Award for 2012.

The agency award recognizes a park and its staff for efforts to develop or improve programs and services that exemplify inclusion and universal accessibility.

Sagamore Hill received the award for developing a narrated video tour of Theodore Roosevelt’s mansion and an accompanying photograph book to enhance it. The video, which is captioned and audio-described, follows the regular interpretive tour of the home and offers an in-depth look at the collections within each room, including original family furniture, artwork and animal trophies.

The 60-page companion book offers a detailed view into each of the 23 rooms, including detailed floor plans.

With the house closed for renovation, the video and photo book have temporarily become the primary interpretive medium for providing information on the structure for visitors.

The video and book can be viewed at

Other accessibility work at the site includes installation of handrails and automatic door openers; installation of a universally accessible sales and information desk at the visitor center and a new accessible walkway and ramp to the Roosevelt home, which is part of the ongoing rehabilitation work.

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