7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
In the 1870s, the young Theodore Roosevelt made several trips to the Maine woods - and his life was changed forever. Author Andrew Vietze will discuss those adventures, the formative relationship TR forged with legendary guide Bill Sewall, and why they still matter today.
The book follows the pair into the woods of Maine, down to New York, and finally out West, where Roosevelt began his ranching venture. During his time with Sewall, Teddy Roosevelt is transformed from a “thin, pale youngster with bad eyes and a weak heart,” into the kind of man who could lead a country. How did it happen?
Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held on Thursday, March 22, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt has won numerous awards including the Silver IPPY Award at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York and was honored by decree of the 124th Maine State Legislature for capturing the symbolic spirit and unique character of Maine in his book. Vietze was also announced as a finalist for a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award.
Andrew Vietze is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. Like Bill Sewall, he's also a Maine Guide. These days he works as a full-time writer for twelve months of the year, and spends six as a seasonal ranger in the wilds of Baxter State Park. The author of five books, he's been published widely in such periodicals as Weather.com's Forecast Earth, Time Out New York, AMC Outdoors, Maine Times, Offshore, Explore, Crawdaddy!, and American Songwriter. www.andrewvietze.com