Meeker Hotel to celebrate Teddy Roosevelt’s stay

One-hundred and 10 years ago, then vice-president elect Theodore Roosevelt visited Meeker to hunt for mountain lions and, along with his party, checked into the Meeker Hotel for the night.

The hotel, with its lobby displaying trophy mounts and skins, made a lasting impression on Roosevelt and he noted in the years to come that the Meeker Hotel was better than any lodge in the Swiss Alps, according to a news release.

To commemorate the 1901 stay by the 26th president of the United States, the Historic Meeker Hotel, 560 Main St., will host the Theodore Roosevelt Celebration Weekend on Friday through Sunday, Jan. 21–23.

Thematic interpreter Donald Brehm will be a guest of honor as he takes on the character of Roosevelt and will converse one-on-one with guests during a hors d’oeuvre social at 6 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, Brehm will speak to children about Teddy Bears and the cuddly toy’s origins and continuing popularity at 3 p.m. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear. Cookies and hot cocoa will be on sale after the one-hour free program.

A Presidential Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Saturday. Following the dinner “President Roosevelt” will give a speech on conservation, followed by a question and answer session. Tickets for the dinner are $24.95 for adults and $8.95 for children.

The weekend will conclude with Breakfast with President Roosevelt from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets packages and accommodations are available for the weekend event.

Call 878-5255 for information or go to http://www.themeekerhotelandcafe.blogspot. com (click on the TR Weekend page link).


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