By Lars Dalseide | September 13 2012 16:46

NRA recreates President Roosevelt's library from Sagamore Hill

Phil Schreier and John Popp inside the National Firearms Museum's Theodore Roosevelt exhibit

Fairfax, Virginia - The latest exhibit at the NRA National Firearms Museum focuses on Theodore Roosevelt — Hunter, President and NRA life member. This week on Curator's Corner, Senior Curator Philip Schreier takes John Popp into the 26th President's Summer White House.

"Ninteen years ago, we went to Sagamore Hill and photographed the whole house," explained Schreier. "We came back here and tried to design his library on a 1 to 1 scale. It's pretty close. Here you actually have the Oval Office of the Summer White House from 1902 to 1908."

A point in fact, history wise, is that Roosevelt did not have an "Oval Office". That didn't come around until his predecessor William Taft. The office Theodore operated out of is now known as the Roosevelt Room … thanks Phil for that little bit of history.

On loan to the National Firearms Museum for the next few years, thanks to the good people at the National Park Service, the collection includes a rhino hoof turned into an inkwell, gloves made out of bear skin, art created by the hands of Frederic Remington and the candle stick holder used to seal the Treaty of Portsmouth and end the Russo-Japanese War … an act that earn Theodore the Nobel Peace Prize.

"The original, hand painted silk flag of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Calvary. The Rough Riders. On the 8th of January, 1919, President Roosevelt's coffin laid in state there in Oyster Bay. There was not an American Flag covering his coffin as is tradition. This Rough Rider flag was the flag that covered his coffin during the funeral."

But if you're looking for an inside look at the collection, you'll either have to come out here to Fairfax, Virginia or tune in tonight for Curator's Corner on NRANews and Sirius/XM Patriot.

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