Sarah Alden Derby Gannett

Theodore Roosevelt Family
Theodore Roosevelt Family

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Led effort to save portions of Vermont's Long Trail. Instrumental in starting and supporting Winston Prouty Center. Lifelong supporter of arts and human service organizations in Vermont.

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Date of Death


Primary Residence


Historical Significance

Sarah Alden Derby Gannett, daughter of Ethel Carow Roosevelt and granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt, moved to Brattleboro in 1946 after marrying Robert Gannett, who was a lawyer and eventually a well known Vermont State Senator. Together, they had three children.

Sarah was warmly known by all as "Aldie". Throughout her life, she contributed immensely to both Brattleboro area institutions and Vermont organizations, including the Vermont Folklife Center.

Her "great pleasure and great interest" was the Winston Prouty Center for Preschool Handicapped Children in Brattleboro, which provides early training for disabled children. She also worked with Planned Parenthood and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. She helped found the Brattleboro Music Center in the 1940's.

"Aldie" Gannett led the effort to save portions of Vermont's Long Trail by creating an awareness of the importance of preserving the land around it and by raising thousands of dollars to buy the abutting land of approximately 60 miles of its length. She personally hiked its entire 265 mile length.

She was appointed to the Governor's Conference on the Future of Vermont's Heritage in 1982.

On Monday, September 22, 2003, a reception was held at the Theodore Roosevelt Gallery in the Pusey Library at Harvard to mark the donation, by the family of the late Sarah Alden Derby Gannett, of Theodore Roosevelt's famous "Pigskin Library" to the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Harvard.

Organizations or Movements

  • Winston Prouty Center
  • Governor's Conference on the Future of Vermont's Heritage
  • Vermont Council on the Arts
  • Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center


  • Community organizer and supporter of many statewide organizations and causes.


  • Doctor of Laws, Honorary, University of Vermont

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Information on Roosevelt's Pigskin Book Collection Link

  • Article on receiving Honorary Degree at University of Vermont Link

Additional Images

Brattleboro Museum
Brattleboro Museum
Long Trail
Long Trail
Gannett, Sarah