portrayed by

Joe Wiegand

Teddy Roosevelt

About Joe Wiegand

Joe Wiegand was born and reared in suburban Chicago, Illinois. In 1971, Joe’s dad launched a career in standup comedy and comedy writing. In 1976, the family moved to Hollywood, California, where the Wiegands renovated a burned out house of ill repute, converting the structure into a weekly rental rooming house for artists, comedians, singers, screenwriters and actors looking to “make it” in the nation’s entertainment capital.

Joe excelled in his studies and in community service. For leadership and academic achievements, Joe was named a Century III Leader by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Joe was elected by his peers to be American Legion Boys State Governor and American Legion Boys Nation President. TIME Magazine named Joe one of America's 100 Outstanding College Students and he was awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship and a Thomas Watson Fellowship.

A lifelong student of American history, government and foreign policy, Joe 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, Illinois.

Following T.R.'s counsel to live a vigorous life and to be in the arena, Joe has served as an elected county commissioner, a campaign and public policy professional, a board member of various not-for-profits and senior warden at his church. Joe is a member of Rotary International and a member of the National Association for Interpretation.

In 2008, Joe, his wife, Jenny, daughter, Sam, and golden retriever, Faith, traveled across America in celebration of Theodore Roosevelt's 150th birthday and the final centennial year of TR's historic presidency. Performances at the White House and TR's New York City birthplace highlighted the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Today, the Wiegands live in Sewanee, Tennessee, where Jenny is an assistant coach for field hockey and women’s lacrosse, sports she captained while a student athlete at Sewanee.

Joe’s performance tour is sponsored, in part, by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

Joe Wiegand’s National TR Tour is sponsored, in part, by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), a non-profit organization that was formed in 1986. With the support of TRMF, Joe is able to add performances for schools, seniors and the United States military and their families for free or at greatly reduced rates.

The TRMF operates lodging, entertainment, recreation services in the beautiful North Dakota Badlands through the contributions and teamwork of a board of directors, a full time staff of approximately 30, 300+ seasonal employees , 300 + seasonal volunteers, and financial support from generous supporters.

TRMF Vision

We connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.

TRMF Mission

PRESERVE the experience of the Badlands, the historic character of Medora and the values and heritage of Theodore Roosevelt and Harold Schafer;

PRESENT opportunities for our guests to be educated and inspired through interpretive programs, museums and attractions that focus on the Old West, our patriotic heritage, and the life of Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands;

SERVE the traveling public, providing for their comfort while visiting historic Medora, the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

TRMF Values

  • We show respect for people and place.
  • We deliver excellence in hospitality.
  • We work with creativity and integrity.
  • We are a family who values family.

Visit www.medora.com for more details.

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