May 31, 2001

 

At the Public Library History Comes Alive

as Ohio Chautauqua Re-enactors Perform (June 14-17)

 

As part of Ohio Chautauqua 2001 a troupe of travelingperformers touring the state present living history in ways that never get old. On June 14-17 the re-enactors bring their special brand of 19th century education and entertainment to Cincinnati with stops

at the Main Library and the Forest Park and Sharonville Branch Libraries.

 

Patterned after the 1874 movement, in which Sunday school teachers from Chautauqua, New York provided the public with lectures, correspondence courses, and traveling tent shows, Ohio Chautauqua 2001 features scholarly performers stepping back to the 1800s to portray significant figures from Ohio�s past. This year�s theme, Buckeyes in the

Civil War, wasselected by The Ohio Humanities Council and The Ohio State University Humanities Institute to explore the role important Ohioans played in our nation�s most monumental conflict.

 

The following programs to be held at the Public Library are open to the public free of charge:

 

Thursday, June 14 at the Main Library - 10:30 a.m.

�Storytelling Techniques� for the Youth

 

Karen Vuranch, who portrays female soldier and spy Emma Edmonds, uses a folk story technique to demonstrate the steps in developing a story to tell. Through the use of gesture, voice and body language, the character of this true-life figure, who enlisted in the Union Army disguised as a man (Private Franklin Thompson) then went behind enemy lines, unfolds before your eyes. The program ends with �The Magic Ball,� an exciting visual and tactile way to share in telling stories.

 

Ms. Vuranch studied theatre at Ashland University and at University College Galway

in Ireland. She has a MA in Humanities from the West Virginia Graduate College and teaches Introduction to Theatre for Concord College. She was also named the �2000 Performing Artist of the Year� for Tamarack, the West Virginia state arts center, and received the �Spirit of West Virginia Award� from the state tourism office.��� � more-�������

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Saturday, June 16 at Forest Park Branch Library � 2:00 p.m.

�Stories of Sojourner Truth� for the Youth

 

Annette Jefferson brings Sojourner Truth, a former slave and one of the earliest and most passionate female abolitionists, to life through storytelling and song. Sojourner Truth will explore her own life through personal anecdotes and tales. She will also share some of the stories and songs that she heard as a child. Young people will especially enjoy this mixture of fact and fiction, words and music, and historical entertainment. Experience the depth of her art when Ms. Jefferson (as Sojourner) carries the history of African-American culture into the 21st century.

 

Ms. Jefferson is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a BA in Education, a MA in Black Studies, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Administration. She has also worked as an educator in the Columbus Public School System and is currently working as a development officer in Human Services. She has spent more than 20 years developing her presentation and performing as Truth across the state.

 

Sunday, June 17 at Sharonville Branch Library � 1:00 p.m.

�How to Take on the Character of Your Hero� for the Youth

 

George Dauler explains the process he used to develop the program of his hero,

Ulysses S. Grant, and then portrays Grant. Using descriptive adjectives, participants will work together to develop characters for a few of their heroes. Finally, participants will be encouraged to read further about their heroes and develop their own living presentations.

 

Mr. Dauler has presented Ulysses S. Grant for schools, historical societies, businesses, Civil War roundtables and other community groups since 1976. He is a graduate of Indiana University and has a MA from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and the Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is presently the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Orwell, Ohio.

 

Kickoff Event on Fountain Square for Ohio Chautauqua

Friday, June 15 at 12 noon marks the kickoff event on Fountain Square for the Ohio Chautauqua summer season. Cincinnati City Councilman Jim Tarbell will emcee the event, which will include live entertainment, music, and special appearances by scholar actors. Join the characters for appearances all over the tristate area and for big-top nights under the big tent at the Heritage Village located inside Sharon Woods Park. For more information on Ohio Chautauqua programs to be held at the Heritage Village Museum and around the Tristate area during this extended weekend, pickup a free brochure at the Main Library and any library branch beginning June 4 or call 513-563-9484 from

�8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays; Noon-4:00 p.m. Saturday; and 1:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday.

 

Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org. Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.