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'ICON' EXHIBIT HONORS THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Some historians think Theodore Roosevelt might have been as effective a leader now, at the dawn of the 21st century, as he was 100 years ago.

Many of the issues he raised and causes he championed remain at the forefront of the national consciousness, which suggests he was a man for all time, say William H. Siener and Molly Quackenbush, two of T.R.'s most ardent Buffalo fans.

Siener is executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and Quackenbush is his counterpart at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

The institutions are sponsoring "Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century," opening Saturday in the Historical Society Museum on Nottingham Court.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in Washington to mark the centennial of Roosevelt's brief term as New York governor, the traveling exhibit is perhaps the most comprehensive ever assembled on the colorful old Roughrider.

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