Imagine talking to a man whose face is carved into Mount Rushmore. Imagine not only being able to spend time with this man, who made a wide variety of contributions to American history and culture, from Harvard to San Juan Hill to the National Park system, but also being able to ask him any question you want about his life. Now is your chance. Theodore Roosevelt impersonator and expert, Lee Thomas, is the featured speaker for the next Greater Newburyport Village talk on November 17th at the Newburyport Senior Center. This free talk runs from noon to 1:00 PM. A complimentary box lunch is available courtesy of the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Greater Newburyport Village. Simply call the Senior Center at 978462 0430 to reserve your lunch.
In An Afternoon with Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas presents TR as he was in 1919, a few months before his passing. Staying in character throughout, Thomas comes prepared with 8 hours of content and interacts with the audience adjusting the presentation to fit their curiosity. He muses on Roosevelt’s life as a family man, author, adventurer, and politician, and provides an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, so that the conversation can go in many possible directions.
Lee Thomas, who has a B.A. from UMass Amherst in American Studies, an M.Ed from UMass Lowell, and an M.A. in Curriculum Development from Salem State, is a retired history and special needs teacher with 35 years’ experience. In 1987 he was recognized as the Massachusetts Special Needs teacher of the year. Contemplating retirement and looking for a new way to interact with people, Lee was inspired by a Thomas Jefferson impersonator. Bearing a slight resemblance to Teddy Roosevelt, he created his own presentation, which he’s delivered for fourteen years now.
Village Talks are offered by the Greater Newburyport Village for the enrichment of the community. The talks are every third Wednesday of the month. Masks are required at the Senior Center.
For more information about Village Talks, check the event calendar at www.greaternewburyportvillage.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978 206-1821.