Transylvania's Chautauqua 'History Comes Alive' On June 15 And 22


Last updated 6/10/2019 at 3:27pm

Transylvania Chautauqua’s premier performances of “History Comes Alive” are right around the corner, and promises exciting per-formances from two groundbreaking “revolutionaries” from American history. Meet two amazing people, hear their stories and ask them how their world changed.

On Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., duel wits with Alexander Hamilton.

On Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m., witness the end of Camelot with Jackie Kennedy.

Performances will be held in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Transylvania County Library. All performances are free and open to the public.

Alexander Hamilton

Duel wits with Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war and wealth, long before becoming the subject of Broadway’s “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

An illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, Hamilton epitomizes the American dream — poor immigrant makes good. He went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country’s financial system, charm New York’s most eligible ladies and land his face on our $10 bill.

What did Alexander Hamilton ever do besides get shot in a duel by Aaron Burr? Why did Adams and Jefferson hate him so much? Disputes that arose during America’s first decades continue through American history to the present day. The duel of wits of our Founding Fathers fought illustrates that after the American Revolutionary War was won – the real Revolution began.

Ian Rose will play Hamilton. Rose has interpreted historical figures since 1994 for presenters such as History First Hand and American Historical Theatre. For the past 15 years he has portrayed Alexander Hamilton across the United States at venues such as Valley Forge, Washington’s Crossing, the New York Historical Society, Federal Hall and Hamilton’s home, the Grange, in New York City.

Rose has appeared as Col. Hamilton in the documentaries: “First Faith, Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton,” and “Fractured Union” for Mount Vernon. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University and a veteran of many Shakespeare festivals.

Jackie Kennedy

One of the most photographed women of the 20th century, Jackie Kennedy mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. At the same time, her youth, privileged upbringing and highly public marriages made her instant tabloid fodder.

In her whirlwind 10-year marriage in the public eye, she gave birth to two children, miscarried one, and bore a daughter stillborn and a son who died just three months before her husband was assassinated. Her husband’s murder left her soaked in his blood and brains. At JFK’s funeral she bore the weight of the nation’s grief. Her widow’s weeds became the symbol of our pain.

There is something mysterious and private about this very public person. Was she mythmaker of her husband’s legacy or a PTSD survivor? How did America survive a decade of unprecedented political assassination and unpopular war? How did democracy survive the revolutionary ‘60s?

Leslie Goddard plays Jackie Kennedy.

Goddard is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history lectures and portraying famous women in history for more than 10 years. Each year, she presents more than 250 programs, appearing at public libraries, museums and historic homes, professional associations, colleges and universities, and corporations.

A resident of the Chicago area, she holds both a master’s degree in theater and a doctorate in American studies and women’s history. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on Chicago history and currently works full-time as a public speaker, living-history presenter, and author.


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