Discovery Center hosts Roosevelt dinner

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents living history performer Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt, May 14 at 6 p.m.

The dinner presentation in the elegant River Gallery will feature a choice of buffalo tenderloin medallions and roasted potatoes, or savory stuffed Cornish game hens and rice.

Tickets are $40. Advance purchase is required and can be made by calling 541-296-8600, ext. 201. Please provide your dinner choice with your reservation.

For reservations, contact the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center by May 8, at 541-296-8600, ext. 201. Located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon.

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Wiegand is entertaining audiences nationwide with his reprisal of President Theodore Roosevelt, with stories full of adventure, laughter and inspiration. As. T.R., Joe adapts unique presentations for each of his audiences.

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s life was an adventure as a rancher, Rough Rider and father of six in the White House. Relive the establishment of America’s great National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Wildlife Reserves. Hear the story of a frail young boy who built his body and dedicated himself to the Vigorous Life and the Square Deal. From bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon, Joe Weigand brings T.R.’s delightful stories to life.

A lifelong student of American history, government and foreign policy, Wiegand is a political science graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a former graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

After a twenty-five year career in politics and public policy, Joe began to tour the country as Theodore Roosevelt. In 2008, to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s 150th birthday, Joe toured the 50 states, culminating with a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush on Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. President Bush said, “ Your spirited performance for Theodore Roosevelt’s 150th birthday celebration at the White House was a great way to commemorate the many accomplishments of our 26th President. “

The Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Live raptor presentations daily. Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American artistry, Lewis and Clark’s cargo, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, ecology, and more. The museum is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Open daily from 9-5. Adult admission is $9, seniors $7, and children $5. Phone (541) 296-8600, or visit for more information.

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