2012-03-23 / Community

Teddy Roosevelt At The Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Debbie Fleury

Historian Bernie Feuer Historian Bernie Feuer Painters, photographers, musicians and more have frequently showcased their work in the Fort Tilden galleries and stages of the Rockaway Artists Alliance to illustrate the importance of history to the Rockaway community.

On Sunday, March 18, historian Bernie Feuer presented the third show in his “Rockaway History” series.

In RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery, an audience of 55 people attended a presentation about Elizabeth and Jacob Riis’ friendship with former President Theodore Roosevelt (portrayed by Dan Guarino).

A New York City commissioner in 1895, Roosevelt reached out to Jacob Riis after reading Riis’ “How the Other Half Lives” – a photojournalistic account of the poor living conditions of the people who inhabited the New York slums.

The publication astounded many in the upper-class, including Roosevelt. The presentation organized by the Rockaway Artists Alliance aimed to showcase the relationship between the Riises and Roosevelt, and how their alliance inspired some constructive changes.

Teddy Roosevelt (Dan Guarino), photo by Laura Dickelman Teddy Roosevelt (Dan Guarino), photo by Laura Dickelman Rockaway Artists Alliance will host more of Feuer’s Power Point multimedia presentations celebrating Rockaway’s heritage. “The Guns of Fort Tilden” will be featured at sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden on May 20 at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages, and participants are encouraged to attend and get a first-hand look at the historical weaponry once used on the peninsula.

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