Walk guests on The White House as a Home Walk, led by our dear Quentin Roosevelt, frequently ask him what church his father, the president, and the family attended while living in Washington, DC. With the help of our dear friend Toby Selda, educator and author at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York, we have some information about this.
On July 14, 1918, a little over a year after the United States entered World War I, Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt’s 6 children, was shot down and killed by a German Fokker plane over the Aisne River in France. His plane fell behind enemy lines, near the village of Chamery. He was a pilot and flight commander with the 95th “Kicking Mule” Aero Squadron in the United States Air Service.
I know gardens may seem totally, totally boring!! And unless you're a lover of eating the freshest food ever, you probably see gardens as not very important. Farms maybe, but not gardens! But you're really missing something totally interesting, if you accept this!! You can learn a lot about people and periods in history from studying gardens.
Certainly, the dirctor of a play must see history differently! We wanted to know if this is true.
Enter Chris Daileader, one of the directors of our Pickle Pea Walks. We were able to catch Chris between his many acting and directing commitments and get his thoughts about this. Here is part of our conversation with "our" very talented Chris.
Why did the new United States of America need gardens? After all not everyone has gardens today. And does anyone care? Today almost everyone has a mobile phone and we could honestly live without one. So, why is it essential that we have one? Every youth measures his/her worth and how well he/she fits-in by having or not having just the right mobile phone. Well, the young Unites States was no different.
The White House has been the official residence of all US presidents since John Adams, our second president, and First Lady, Abigail Adams, moved into the house in November of 1800. But the White House actually belongs to the people of the United States. It’s often been called the People’s House. It’s a place for the nation to meet and celebrate joyous national occasions, share in times of mourning, honor heroes and showcase some incredible national talent.
Besides being an important office, the White House is also a home and many American homes have pets. So, of course, First Families since 1800 have had their own pets. Everyone loves being worshiped enthusiastically and unconditionally and many pets do just this! Presidents and their families keep pets for the same reason anyone else does – they love them.