Fairfax, Virginia - In July of 1908, Theodore Roosevelt's personal secretary, William Loeb, sent a letter to The Winchester Repeating Arms Company stating the following:
The president is going to Africa ... He probably has all the rifles he needs but his son has not. Before deciding what he will buy, the president would like to see your catalog ... Will you send your catalog to the President at Oyster Bay ...?
Winchester complied with the request and it was off to Africa they went. What the President and his party accomplished is the subject of tonight's Curator's Corner on NRANews.
According to Phil Schreier, Senior Curator for the NRA's National Firearms Museum, the safari was primarily financed by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Over the next year, Roosevelt, his son Kermit and the rest of the hunting party killed or captured a little more than 11,000 animals.
The majority of specimens went to institutions like the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Some of the quarry was consumed and the rest ended up in Roosevelt's personal collection ... part of which now resides at the National Firearms Museum.
Specifically, there is a lion skin rug, a hippopotamus foot that was turned into an ink well, a rhino horn that hangs on the wall , an elephant foot wastebasket and a few other specials. But we can't tell you everything here. For that you'll have to tune in tonight to NRANews.
That's where you'll find Phil along side Executive Producer John Popp for the continuing series on the President Theodore Roosevelt collection. That means you need to be in front of your computer (or in front of your satellite radio) to see (or hear) these two and Roosevelt's African Collection tonight at 10:40 on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio.