Pomona College states, “Pearsons Hall served memorably as the site of an address in May 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, whom Pomona President George Gates had invited, hoping to enhance the College’s visibility and reputation. Arriving at the Claremont train station, Roosevelt was transported by carriage to campus where he spoke to a throng of 7,000 to 8,000 from a rostrum constructed in front of Pearsons, later planting a California live oak nearby to mark the occasion. The tree, alas, died soon thereafter, though College lore attached the Roosevelt name to succeeding oaks”. President Theodore Rooseveolt gives a speech to a crowd from a platform constructed in front of Pearsons Hall. He speaks of the value of higher education, the need for material prosperity, the “productive scholarship of the nation,” and virtues. College officials and dignitaries sit on the platform behind the president. A giant American flag hangs over the entrance to Pearsons Hall and people watch from the windows. May 3rd 1903.
Pearsons Hall at Pomona College
551 North College Avenue
Claremont, California 91711