Freeport, Illinois — Back by popular demand, the Freeport Public Library will host five Living History presentations in 2018. The theme for the Living History Speakers Series is 19th Century Authors. All performances will take place in the Freeport Public Library meeting rooms. All performances begin at 6:30pm.
Monday, April 23 – Sarah Josepha Hale, presented by Sharon Wood
Storyteller Sharon Wood will present “Sarah Josepha Hale: A Lady of New Hampshire.” An influential American woman of the 19th century, Hale is well known as the author of the children’s poem, “Mary’s Lamb,” and for her efforts over three decades to have Thanksgiving decreed a national holiday. Not so widely known are her lifetime achievements while editing the popular 19th century woman’s magazine, Godey’s Lady’s Book. Wood is coming to Freeport from her home in Claremont, NH to attend the Association of Lincoln Presenters Conference. She will blend storytelling, theater, and history in a lively portrayal of Mrs. Hale.
Thursday, June 14 – Walt Whitman, presented by RJ Lindsey
Walt Whitman, one of the greatest poets America has ever produced, shares stories of his life and readings of his poetry. He begins with several verses of his masterpiece “Leaves of Grass.” Whitman also speaks of his three years as a wound dresser tending to the needs of the wounded and sick filling the Washington, DC hospitals. He brought care, attention and compassion to the lonely men so far from home. A great admirer of Abraham Lincoln, Whitman reads from his Lincoln lecture series narrating the night of the assassination and presenting a reading of his most popular poem, “Oh, Captain, My Captain.”
Wednesday, August 22 – Louisa May Alcott, presented by Leslie Goddard
Meet Louisa May Alcott, the beloved author whose children’s books made her one of America’s most famous writers. Dr. Goddard portrays Alcott in a program that draws from Alcott’s own diaries, books, and letters to bring the passionate, humorous, and progressive author to life. Audiences will recognize Dr. Goddard from her previous presentations as Jackie Kennedy, Brownie Wise, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Wednesday, October 24 – Edgar Allan Poe, presented by Duffy Hudson
Actor Duffy Hudson brings Edgar Allan Poe to life! Hear for yourself this tormented writer’s story, and listen enraptured as he recites two of his most well-known poems, “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.”
Thursday, December 13 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, presented by Laura F. Keyes
Join Mrs. Wilder as she reminisces about her childhood Christmases, and looks forward to making memories with her new family, husband Almanzo and daughter Rose. She will even share some of her favorite Christmas toys. This presentation is for all ages!
These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are courtesy of Heritage Woods of Freeport.