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2016 HISTORICAL FIGURES

 

Meet the “Black Doctor of the Pines”
Dr. James Still was a self-taught physician in the Medford, NJ area during the 19th century. He was a practitioner of folk remedies using the healing powers of herbs & plants to treat his patients. Have a chat with Mr. Keith Henley who will portray the doctor & learn about this doctor’s remarkable life & career.

 

 

The "Widow Tennent"
Nancy Ceperley will portray Catherine Van Burg Noble Tennent, wife & widow of the well-known & much beloved Reverend William Tennent Jr, Pastor of Old Tennent Church. She will speak on their experiences during the Revolutionary War & the Great Awakening.

 

 

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Come Meet Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, USN!  
David Farragut joined the Navy as a Midshipman at the age of 9 in 1810. He fought in the War of 1812 & the American Civil War.  Bruce Tucker, a history lecturer at Rutgers University School of Continuing Education, Naval Historian & Living History presenter will portray Farragut.  

 

 

 

Harriet Tubman – An Indomitable Spirit
Come meet this extraordinary woman as portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century. A former slave who spied for the Union & served as a nurse during the Civil War, Tubman rescued more than 70 slaves thru the Underground Railroad & fought for women’s suffrage after the War.

 

 

 

From Vaudeville to the Jersey Shore -  Heather Mac Donald portrays celebrated actress, Mabel Fenton, as she relives this bygone era with music, memories & a demonstration of the “Pie in the Face” gag that both she, & her actor-husband, Charles Ross, originated over a century ago!  Appearing with the Township of Ocean Historical Museum.  

 

 

Ben Franklin

 

Meet Ben Franklin - Printer, Inventor, Statesman
Jack Sherry will portray Mr. Franklin - one of our most intriguing Founding Fathers.  Visitors will learn about Franklin’s scientific experiments & inventions, his printing business, & his diplomatic role in shaping the birth of America.

 

 

 

Of Bridges and Petticoats
Carol Simon Levin will present, “Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Warren Roebling”.   Hear why Emily Roebling was called “one of the most noted women in the country” & “the most famous woman in New Jersey”.

 

 

 

“A Conversation with Ulysses S. Grant”
Kenneth J. Serfass will portray General Grant.  Come meet the General & learn about his life & experiences in NJ.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Founder of the American Red Cross
Pat Jordan will portray Clara Barton - a strong-willed, intelligent individual who knew what she wanted and found ways to accomplish her goals. Learn about her life as a humanitarian, nurse and educator.

 

 

Have a chat with Molly Pitcher– Heroine of the Battle of Monmouth Stacy Flora Roth, of History on the Hoof, will portray Molly Pitcher (Mary Hays McCauley). “Molly” will reminisce about the days when she accompanied her husband through summer battles & winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging "behind the baggage," she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a "camp follower" in the days when American Independence was a dream rather than a certainty.

 


George Washington

Meet the General who led the 1776 Christmas Crossing of the Delaware. David B. Emerson, of History on the Hoof, will once again portray General George Washington. Emerson will present two programs during the day and stroll among visitors throughout the Fair.  Emerson was featured as George Washington in New Jersey Network's "Ten Crucial Days."

 

 

Walt Whitman, America’s Good Grey Poet
Darrel Blaine Ford, who has been studying Walt Whitman for the past 74 years, will bring him to life as he portrays this iconic figure of American literature. Listen to “Walt” as he recites his poetry.  Learn about his life and his experiences during the Civil War.  Discover his home in Camden, NJ – the only home he ever owned and where he died in 1892. See why Whitman is often called America’s greatest poet.

 


 

 

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