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Upcoming Events Theodore Roosevelt Program Premiers in October

Thu, Nov 6 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Sherlock Holmes
The Township Library of Lower Southampton, 1983 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA 19053
A one hour performance of “Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band,” including time for questions and answers. For further information, please call (215) 355-1183.

Sat, Nov 8 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln, Sgt. William H. Carney, Quartermaster Sgt. William Hammersby
The Union League, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
A fundraiser dinner featuring Abraham Lincoln and others. For further information, please call (856) 464-0075.

Wed, Nov 12 12:10 pm-1:00 pm
Thomas Edison
185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
A 50 minute presentation of Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park, with time for questions and answers. For further information, please call (609) 278-2640.

Fri, Nov 14 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
Sojourner Truth
Salem Library, East Main Street, Salem, VA, United States
Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman”. Abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth speaks with library patrons: a one hour program including time for Questions and Answers. Free and open to the public, courtesy of the NJ Council for the Humanities. Salem Library: 856-79-1082 NJCH: 609-695-4838

Sun, Nov 16 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Louisa May Alcott
Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave, Hershey PA 17033
A one hour performance of “A Visit with Louisa May Alcott,” including time for questions and answers. For further information, please call (717) 533-6555.

Additional Events

New Program Debuts at the Well Sweep Herb Farm in Port Murray, NJ on October 11th at 6:00 PM.  Call 908-852-5390 for Reservations

Peyton Dixon as Theodore Roosevelt

Peyton Dixon as Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was the second of four children born to a wealthy New York Family. Sickly in his youth, he dedicated himself to a physical regimen and became an avid outdoorsman and naturalist, who later promoted the conservation movement. He attended Harvard University, where he studied biology and boxed. Only one year out of college, he was elected to the New York State Assembly. His accomplishments were plentiful and diverse and range widely and seemingly incongruently from being a war hero to being a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

When President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Roosevelt (then Vice President) stepped in to the Presidency. In his tenure, he promoted progressivism and strong government control of business. In 1904, he won the largest percentage of the popular vote since the uncontested election of 1820, making him the first Vice President to be elected to the position after initially taking on the role due to the death of a current resident. Roosevelt described his domestic political agenda as a “Square Deal” to emphasize his commitment to ensure that the average citizen would get a “fair share” under his leadership. The slogan “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far” lives on well beyond the life of this remarkable man.

This program will be carried soon by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Horizons Speakers Bureau.  Check back with the NJCH soon for more information on performances.