Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Grand Lodge History Pub

Theodore Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist

Grand Lodge - Grand Lodge Theater

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm program


All ages welcome

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About Theodore Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist

Theodore Roosevelt:  Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist

Presented by Sig Unander, Jr., Historian & Author

Born to wealth and privilege, Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and a populist reformer, taking on big oil, banking and railroad monopolies. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East.

Speaker and author Sig Unander tells the story of America’s youngest and most dynamic president, from his Ivy League education, ranching life and work as a New York City police commissioner, through his spectacular rise in politics and extensive literary achievements. The presentation highlights Roosevelt’s lesser-known presidential “firsts” and Oregon connections.

About the Speaker:

A professional communicator and community leader, Sig is a native of Portland, Oregon. He began his career working in broadcast and print journalism at media outlets in New Mexico, Minnesota and Georgia and as a freelance writer. Returning to Oregon, he worked for KYTE and KLLB, Portland, helped launch the annual Rose Festival Air Show, worked as a communications specialist, ran a fine art publishing company and edited a business magazine. More recently, he held positions as Director of Public Relations with Latin Media Northwest and Project Development Director with Eravision, a Los Angeles film production company.

Sig owns Presentations That Inspire, a public speaking, writing, editing and consulting business located in a Portland suburb. Known for meticulous writing and research, he works with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, libraries and private clients on diverse projects. He is a member of Authors Guild, Willamette Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists and Northwest Writers & Publishers Association.

A strong advocate of public service, Sig has served as an elected city councilor and an appointed commissioner on several county government boards and committees. He has served as Vice-President of the Public Affairs Forum, President of the Simon Benson Fund and a board member of several other nonprofits. He is active in chambers of commerce and civic organizations and writes editorials and opinion pieces highlighting current issues.

Sig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Pacific University and served as President of its Alumni Association board. He also holds a post-baccalaureate degree in Latin American Studies from Portland State University.

***Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent

About Grand Lodge History Pub

Grand Lodge History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp