First Person Program Series at the Heritage Village Museum

Posted on: February 1, 2019
Tags: Member News-Events

Feb.8 - Mar. 29, 2019
SHARONVILLE, Ohio – Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center, located inside Sharon Woods Park, will be kicking off 2019 with the First Person Program Series running from February 8 through March 29. Come to the Village and learn about notable people of the past from the presenters! Each program begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes dessert. The cost for each program is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Attend three or more programs and take advantage of special pricing. Advance registration is required. Call 513-563-9484 to register. The schedule of presenters is as follows:

 February 8, 2019 - Cal Whitson

Cal Whitson was a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Territory in the latter part of the 19th Century. A one-eyed Civil War veteran, Whitson was one of the primary inspirations for the character of “Rooster Cogburn” in True Grit. Actor and living historian Gavin Kelly brings this colorful character to life in a unique presentation that sheds light on not only the man, but the times in which he lived. Gavin has participated in the first-person program series as General U.S. Grant, General Jubal Early, and Sam Houston.

 February 15, 2019 - Laura Bellini

Born in a small town in Ohio who would ever dream that little Laura Woolwine would become an international opera star singing in the great opera houses of Europe, New York and then touring the United States. Laura’s unique and musical life story will be presented with history and song at the Heritage Village Museum Series by Cheri Brinkman.

Cheri Brinkman: Local Cincinnati historian and author of the CINCINNATI AND SOUP book series is a college educator and historic speaker. With a performance background in professional theatre and opera she has created this dramatic portrait of Ohio Opera singer Laura Bellini.

 February 22, 2019 - George Hatch

Cincinnati’s controversial mayor during the turbulent time of the American Civil War and an 1860s Democrat loyal Union man from Massachusetts with sympathies towards Kentucky but not necessarily the South. George A. Hatch, scared to death of riots, has a spectacular tale concerning the city’s defense and his actions afterwards. Kevin Guy presented last year as George A. Hatch in our First Person Program Series.

 March 1, 2019 - Mary Draper Ingles

In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles was captured by a Shawnee War party. With her extraordinary spirit and determination, she escaped to walk a long 800-mile journey from Big Bone Lick, Kentucky to her home in Virginia with only the Ohio River as a guide. Join Joyce Lovins-Browning as she retraces Mary’s steps with a first-person living history presentation.

Joyce Lovins-Browning has presented as Annie Oakley and Julia Grant in the first-person program series.

 March 8, 2019 - Frances Cleveland

Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland Preston was married to the President of the United States Grover Cleveland and became the youngest First Lady of the United States in 1886. A longtime friend of the Folsom’s, Grover Cleveland, met his future wife shortly after she was born. He was 27 at the time and took an interest in the child, doting on her as she grew up. When her father died in 1875 the court appointed Cleveland administrator of his estate. Now Frances looks back on her life and perhaps one of the most unusual marriages in Presidential History. Jessica Michna has been a frequent first-person presenter at the Village since 2012. She has portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln, Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others.

 March 15, 2019 - Mary Anna Custis Lee

Mrs. Lee will be speaking and reminiscing about her life and times at Arlington House, her marriage to Confederate General Robert E. Lee and raising seven children in the shadow of her step-great grandfather, George Washington. This will be Mary Ann O’Neal’s first time presenting at the Village.

 March 29, 2018 - Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone is a notable figure in the history of early Kentucky. He was a pioneer, explorer frontiersman, and one of America’s first folk heroes. Steven Caudill of Winchester, Kentucky is a National Portrayer of Daniel Boone, as well as a direct descendant of Boone. He will present the first-person story of “The Capture, and Escape of Daniel Boone by the Shawnee!” This will be Steven Caudill’s first time presenting at the Village.

 Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center is located inside Sharon Woods Park, behind Sharon Center at 11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, Ohio 45241. A Great Parks parking pass may be required. Annual memberships are available to Heritage Village Museum.

 Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center is operated by Historic Southwest Ohio (HSO), a private, non-profit organization that owns and operates the buildings and collections of Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center. Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center is a picturesque gathering of 13 authentic historical buildings that represent various aspects of family life during the 1800s. These buildings include historic homes, a train station, doctor’s office, barn and church. 

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