President Roosevelt to Celebrate Fee Free Weekend at Historic Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park

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Guests Can Have Free Photo Taken With The President

Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty sixth President of the United States will be making an appearance on Sunday, July 19 at historic Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington in honor of Fee Free Weekends in the National Parks.

Lake Crescent Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, will be reliving a special time in the history of Olympic National Park on Sunday July 19 when the twenty sixth President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt and his wife will visit. Celebrating the National Park Service Fee Free weekend the former President and First Lady will mingle at Lake Crescent Lodge on Sunday for free pictures with visitors. The weekend of July 18 and 19 will mark the second of three fee free weekends nationwide to National Parks and Recreation Areas. The third fee free weekend in the National Parks will be August 15-16, 2009.

Dressed in period attire, Ron and Carol Browning of Port Angeles will bring history alive as they re-enact Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Kermit Roosevelt. Jerry Shaffer, general manager of Lake Crescent Lodge stated, "They will be here on Sunday from 11 to 5 pm to mingle with guests and speak as if they actually were Teddy and Edith Roosevelt. They will talk about politics of the early 1900's and as if they were on their way to a Spanish American War Club reunion for the Rough Riders. Visitors and guests will have the opportunity to capture this historic moment in history with a free photograph with the former president."

Ron Browning states that people often told him how much he resembles Theodore Roosevelt which gave him the idea to learn more about the man and pose as the President in presentations to help educate the public. The Brownings are passionate to encouraging people to read about Theodore Roosevelt and to better understand the ideals that he envisioned for America and the world. Carol Browning is the seamstress for the team, creating beautiful and historically accurate costumes for both of them. Carol created the Presidential frock coat and top hat for the Presidential appearances and some very attractive gowns and fancy hats for Edith Roosevelt.

Ronald states that he and Carol may be the only team bringing both the President and Mrs. Teddy Roosevelt to the public. They took a two week vacation through five of the National Parks and stayed in character the entire time. They have appeared in parades and many historical celebration activities. The Brownings feel privileged to be able to bring the Roosevelts back into public view. People ask questions, listen intently, and are overwhelmed by the occasion to learn about the President who ushered in the twentieth century for the United States of America.

This free photo opportunity will take place at Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington from 11 am - 5 pm on July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 4. The Lodge will also be serving a special commemorative menu that was served at Lake Crescent Lodge to another famous president, Franklin D. Roosevelt in September, 1937 while he stayed at Lake Crescent. Roosevelt was contemplating the designation of the Park to National Park status. Reservations can be made for the Sunday dinner by calling (360) 928-3211.

Theodore Roosevelt's most effective achievements were in conservation when he added enormously to the national forests in the West and set aside lands for public use. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Olympic National Monument in 1909 and after Congress voted to authorize a redesignation to National Park status, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation in 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site. In 1988, almost all of the Olympic Peninsula was designated as the Olympic Wilderness, further enhancing the protection of the region.

Forever Resorts manages Lake Crescent Lodge, Hurricane Ridge and Fairholme Store in Olympic National Park. Their other locations consist of an exceptional collection of destinations that provide hospitality services throughout the world. Forever Resorts focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations.

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Darla Cook, VP Public Relations; 602.432.7549


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