Joe Wiegand

About Joe Wiegand

Joe Wiegand is a political science graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, later serving as a graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Joe has been named a Wilkins Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. At the pinnacle of a twenty-five year career in public policy and political campaigns, Joe began performing as Theodore Roosevelt in 2004.

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 fifty state adventure. Joe has been featured as President Roosevelt in “The Men Who Built America” on the History Channel, served as the model for the newest TR sculpture at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and has a feature role in “Wild America,” a film about our national parks due in IMAX theaters in January 2016.

Today, the Wiegands live nearby San Diego, California. Joe is a twenty-four year member of Rotary International and a member of the National Association for Interpretation. Joe’s performance tour is highlighted in summer by a daily matinee in Medora, North Dakota, host city of the Medora Musical and gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Wiegand’s national TR Tour is sponsored, in part, by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Visit

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.

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