Sunday, November 11, 2012


About the event

The National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Alexander Bielakowski on Thursday, November 15 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled Theodore Roosevelt: The Complete American. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Theodore Roosevelt was more than just a politician. At various times in his life, he was an author, big game hunter, civil service reformer, historian, lecturer, naturalist, New York City Police Commissioner, soldier, and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Roosevelt was also the only man to ever receive both the Medal of Honor for military valor and the Nobel Peace Prize. While his various positions and professions often seemed contradictory, he always managed to make them work together. Bielakowski will discuss how Roosevelt serves as the greatest example of a complete American, a man who never allowed himself to be stereotyped and was always more than he seemed at first glance.

This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents.

For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

Alexander M. Bielakowski, Ph.D., has published on such diverse topics as Polish Americans in the Civil War; the final years of the U.S. horse cavalry in the 1920s-30s; General Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander of NATO; and Vietnam War movies. He has produced three monographs including U.S. Cavalryman, 1891-1920; African American Troops in World War II; and Buffalo Soldiers: African American Troops in the US Forces, 1866-1945, which was co-authored with Ron Field.

Bielakowski served as editor for the forthcoming Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000, email or visit

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