City of Las Vegas Museum & Rough Rider Memorial Collection.

historical photo from from The Las Vegas Museum Collection

The Rough Rider Memorial Collection

This nationally significant collection features objects, photographs, and documents relating to the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment and Theodore Roosevelt. The collection includes material from the Cuban Campaign of the 1898 Spanish-American War as well as the reunions of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders Association through 1972. The objects in this accession were assembled by members of the Association and entrusted to Ozella Todhunter prior to the founding of the City Museum. In 1961, the Association transferred ownership of the entire collection to the City of Las Vegas to be held by the city as a public memorial.

At the age of 24, Ozella Parriott married Edward Todhunter in 1925. They made their home in Las Vegas, NM. Edward served in the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment under the name William J. Love. After her marriage to Love, a Rough Rider, Ms. Todhunter became passionate about perpetuating the service of the unit. In addition to caring for the Association’s collection, Ms. Todhunter was instrumental in organizing the reunions held in Las Vegas in the 1950s and 1960s. Through her involvement, the collection contains personal correspondence and records about the collection and the reunions. You may view the breadth of this collection through the Rough Rider Memorial Archive finding aid [pdf].