Jefferson Welcomes Re-enactors from the American Historical Theatre

Four re-enactors from the American Historical Theatre will visit the Jefferson Educational Society for programs that will literally bring history to life.

Sixteenth President of the United States Abraham Lincoln will speak first at a luncheon on Thursday, May 22. In his portrayal as Abraham Lincoln, Bob Gleason will talk about the formative years of this great man through his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist view point, and his first, though not very successful trip to Congress. Discussion points will lay out the causes leading up to the war, both societal and economic and major events and turning points within the War itself.  Gleason will expand upon how he raised himself up from his humble beginnings to become the man who managed to pass the emancipation proclamation, to unite a splintered nation, and reaffirm through his Gettysburg Address the nation’s dedication to freedom, democracy and equality.

Activist and humanitarian Martin Luther King, Jr. presents on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 pm.

Friday, May 23 will feature African- American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth at a luncheon. Dr. Daisy Century and Ms. Sojourner Truth are both powerful singers and very intelligent women, whether self-taught or academically trained. Almost as impressively tall as the woman she portrays, Century gives a commanding performance of Ms. Truth, bringing to life a woman undeterred by incredible obstacles, a woman who mixed with the leading figures of her day, including Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.

First President of the United States, George Washington, presents on May 23. Raised on a dairy farm, re-enactor John Lopes can appreciate the connection George Washington felt for his land. And trained to ride, dance and elegantly cross swords, Mr. Lopes skillfully conveys Washington’s talents as a soldier, a leader, and a Virginia gentleman. Standing well above 6’, John Lopes portrays George Washington as an impressive, thoughtful, man of action.

Ticket costs vary from program to program. Please contact the Jefferson Educational Society at (814) 459-8000 for additional information or to register.

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