MINOT, N.D. — In his State of the State address to North Dakota’s convening lawmakers, Gov. Doug Burgum made a big announcement concerning the Theodore Roosevelt presidential library on-track to be built in Medora.
Harold Hamm, the founder and chairman of Continental Resources, one of the largest players in North Dakota’s oil fields, is committing $50 million to the project.
“This is a game changing gift for this transformative project,” Edward F. O’Keefe, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, said in a released statement.
“Harold thinks boldly and dares greatly, and we are honored to have him and his family in the arena for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library,” he continued, alluding to one of Roosevelt’s most famous speeches .
“We invest in big ideas that are built to last,” Hamm said in a statement. “The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will inspire Americans for centuries not decades. Theodore Roosevelt was a person of great vision and leadership, and he was transformed during his time in North Dakota. It is an honor to support this ambitious vision which will perpetuate TR’s legacy and bring visitors from around the world to the Badlands for generations to come.”