For those of you who don’t know, Theodore Roosevelt before he became president of the United States in 1901, from 1883 to 1885 he spent time on a cattle ranch approximately forty miles west of Dickinson in an area that is called Medora.
In approximately 2014, Dickinson State University began the process of taking print and photographic archival records of Theodore Roosevelt, and digitizing them so that they could be stored and accessed electronically with computers. Though other people may have had the idea a long time ago, this is when it became more well known and discussed that Dickinson State University might be a good place for a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
Having the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at DSU would have greatly increased the importance and prestige of Dickinson State University. It would have kept DSU in the news perpetually, and brought more students, researchers, professors, funding, grants, and donations.
This would have been very good publicity for the City of Dickinson, and something that it could boast about. Increased visitors, tourists, researchers, and students would have meant more revenue for restaurants, hotels, and businesses in Dickinson.
A Theodore Roosevelt Foundation was formed in order to plan the funding, design, and construction of the Presidential Library and Museum in Dickinson. Donations and grants were sought, and the City of Dickinson pledged to provide more than a million dollars.
In order to have an excellent board of directors for the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation, board members were selected from scholars, business people, and descendants of Theodore Roosevelt throughout the United States, living on the east coast, the west coast, and in large cities like Denver. This selection process was the beginning of the end, this would turn out to be disastrous for Dickinson.
People living on the east coast, the west coast, and places like Denver, they are liberal, they hate places like small town conservative Dickinson, North Dakota in the mid-west. Before long, out of nowhere, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum began speaking on behalf of North Dakota in regards to the construction of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Dickinson, and the Governor did not want it to be constructed in Dickinson either.
With very little effort, the majority of the people on the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation became persuaded by Governor Doug Burgum that it was O.K. for the Presidential Library and Museum to be constructed elsewhere, even though it was the people of Dickinson that came up with the idea, plans, and had formed the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation in the first place for the purpose of building the Library and Museum in Dickinson.
This was a great tragedy for Dickinson, but I understand North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s dislike for Dickinson. The local people in Dickinson, are mean, hostile, unfriendly, unhelpful, and uncooperative. They hate people who are from someplace else, they mistreat and take advantage of people who are from someplace else, and they hate education. The local people in Dickinson have been like this for more than the past one hundred years, and they are changing at a snail’s pace.
From the point of view of the people in Fargo, Bismarck, and the Governor, having the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Dickinson, would be a public relations disaster for the State of North Dakota, with the way the people in Dickinson act. People from around the World might have traveled to Dickinson to visit the Library and Museum, researchers, scholars, professors, and tourists, only to be stopped and arrested by the City of Dickinson Police, assaulted by hoodlums, robbed by Meth addicts, taken advantage of by Dickinson businesses, and treated like shit by the people in Dickinson.
The local people in Dickinson don’t know how bad they are, they think that they are friendly. I have attached two short videos below that are a re-creation of what people like Governor Doug Burgum may have experienced in Dickinson. In the first video, this shows how local Dickinson women act when they are employed at local businesses.
In the second video below, this shows a re-creation of what kind of interaction that Governor Doug Burgum may have had in Dickinson to make him believe that the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum could not be built in Dickinson.