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Letter: DSU Foundation supports Press opinion on Roosevelt library

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On behalf of the Dickinson State University Foundation, I thank and commend The Dickinson Press Editorial Board for their recent piece regarding the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and its location: “Our View: Build the Theodore Roosevelt Library on DSU’s campus.”

The DSU Foundation supports and strongly agrees with Press Editorial Board that “Building the library in Dickinson is an obvious choice, and the perfect spot is on the campus of Dickinson State University.”

Nine years ago, and long before there were any discussions of a presidential library, the visionary leadership of DSU was at the forefront in establishing not only the Theodore Roosevelt Center but also in launching the annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, thereby laying the groundwork for this project “so important to all the citizens of our state and nation” and with “potential and immeasurable educational benefits for DSU students.”

As defined in the master plan available to read at theodorerooseveltcenter.org, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will engage a wide public audience with a diverse range of programs available not only to scholars, university faculty and students and regional K-12 students, but also to regional residents and tourists, thereby defining both DSU and Dickinson as a unique destination.

The DSU Foundation acknowledges and applauds the City of Dickinson for its $8 million pledge toward this project and thanks the Dickinson City Commission for its recognition of the importance of this presidential library to our city, state and nation.

Build this premier facility on the DSU campus as a unique destination and a gateway to Roosevelt country and nowhere in the great state of North Dakota will there be a more prestigious or illustrious national historic site.

David C. Schultz,

President, Board of Directors, DSU Foundation,

Savannah, Ga.

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