Upcoming Event


Charting the River of Doubt: The Roosevelt-Rondon South American Expedition, 1913-1914 will be on display at the Theodore Roosevelt Gallery, accessible through Lamont Library, Harvard University from February 2013 – January 2014.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. You can find the library hours here.

In the winter of 1913-1914, following a lecture tour through South America, former president Theodore Roosevelt and a group of American and Brazilian naturalists, explorers, and hardy rivermen, set off into the jungle to survey the River of Doubt, a tributary of the Amazon discovered only a few years earlier. Fraught with danger, from malaria-carrying mosquitoes to carnivorous piranhas to raging rapids to dysentery and starvation, the expedition nearly cost Roosevelt his life. This exhibition features photographs taken by members of the expedition, recorded for Roosevelt’s countrymen for whom the Amazon was still uncharted and unknown.

For more information, contact Theodore Roosevelt Collection curator, Heather Cole, by email at trc@fas.harvard.edu, or by phone, 617.495.2449.

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