After the assassination of President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, his VP Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in in the library of this historic house. I was expecting a standard historic house tour, but instead there's about three rooms of nicely restored house and the rest is a highly interactive museum focusing on the Pan-American Exposition and TR's life and presidency. Includes a replica of TR's presidential office in the upstairs, with an interactive desk where you can sit and use touch-screen apps to take your photo as "President for a Day," sign or veto bills, see your name in the headlines - fun! Lots of touch-screen movies and games throughout, some geared more towards kids and tweens while others have meatier information for older students and adults. Shows how TR had to deal with many of the same problems that face Presidents today, including balancing wealth between big business and workers, race, immigration, conservation, and when to get involved in foreign countries' disputes. I was very impressed that ALL of the electronic exhibits worked - I ended up trying them all and learned a lot. There's also some info on the actual house owned by TR's friend Mr. Wilcox, and the library restoration to how it looked when TR took the oath was very impressive after I read that the entire library was gutted during the 30s and turned into a restaurant! You need to take the guided tour to see the house - our tour guide was very good and the tour is structured with sound effects and film clips to give a "you are there" feeling. A Smithsonian-quality exhibit. If you're the type who enjoys "The American Experience" or old HIstory Channel documentaries, this is a must-see.
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