A benefit presentation, "An Evening with President Theodore Roosevelt," for the South Carolina Olympia Committee Project to bring the USS Olympia to Port Royal will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Beaufort High School auditorium, 84 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort.
Roosevelt played a major role as assistant secretary of the Navy â€" he was running the Navy when war broke out with Spain in 1898 and promptly resigned to form and lead the Rough Riders volunteer cavalry. A war hero in Cuba, he was elected New York's governor, then vice president, becoming president upon President William McKinley's assassination â€" all by the age of 42. Roosevelt's legacy has had a profound and lasting impact on America's domestic and international policies. The presentation is by Joe Wiegand, a reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt. Wiegand's national tour celebrating Roosevelt's sesquicentennial birthday included a performance at the White House.
"The South Carolina Olympia Committee's mission is to bring the USS Olympia, one of America's most historic ships, to Port Royal, one of America's most historic towns," says Pete Richards with the SCOC. Port Royal and Mare Island, Calif., are headquarters for the two remaining groups seeking the Olympia.
Tickets are $20, but $15 for active-duty military.