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Presidential reenactors visit Superior

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center hosts “The Roosevelts Live!”

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Peter Fiske, of Floodwood, left, and Randy Freeman, of Superior, take down holiday decorations off the M60A3 Main Battle Tank outside of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center on March 3, 2020. The center will host a pair of presidential impersonators, "The Roosevelts Live!" on the Fourth of July.
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Community members are invited to meet a pair of presidents at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center on Monday, July 4.

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The center will host nationally-acclaimed presidential impersonators Adam Lindquist and Gary Stamm as Presidents Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt in “The Roosevelts Live!”

The fun begins with the two participating in Superior’s annual Fourth of July parade down Belknap Street at 11 a.m. The presidents will then return to the Bong Center, where they will each perform two programs.

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Presidential impersonator Adam Lindquist takes the role of President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt in "The Roosevelts Live!" The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center will host Lindquist and Franklin Delano Roosevelt impersonator Gary Stamm on the Fourth of July.
Contributed / Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt will start the show at 12:30 p.m. with his “Great White Fleet” presentation that explains his hopes to establish the United States as a world power by sending a strategically painted group of war ships across the globe, and the fight between the president and Congress over sending the fleet.

At 1:30 p.m. Franklin will present “The Fight for Freedom,” a discussion that examines his oversight of the United States’ WWII military involvement. He will also discuss the country’s role prior to entering the war, our strategy and that of our allies, and the president’s take on key United States military leaders.

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At 2:30 p.m. Teddy is back with “Alone in Cuba,” reliving his experiences in the Spanish-American War that established him as a war hero and helped propel him into the presidency a few years later. Attendees will learn about the Rough Riders, the correspondents who followed him in Cuba and the nation's reaction to his exploits.

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Presidential impersonator Gary Stamm takes the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "The Roosevelts Live!"
Contributed / Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

At 3:30 p.m. FDR returns for a talk about “The Home Front.” This program deals with the civilian efforts during WWII, as well as how that period changed our country. He touches on the topics of rationing, price controls, scrap drives, the role of women and minorities, geographic distribution, personal savings and even the Hollywood film industry.

The event is free with the price of a regular museum admission ticket. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for veterans, $8 for seniors and students, $7 for children age 6-11 and free for children under age 5, active military and Bong Center members.

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