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2017 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Woodrow Wilson and the Great War
Neill Hartley is President Woodrow Wilson in this captivating & exciting one-man show set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I.  This fully staged historical presentation will entertain & educate audiences of all ages.

 

 

 

Theodore Roosevelt: A Life of Vigor
Peyton Dixon brings to life Theodore Roosevelt - the war hero, the Nobel Prize winner, the naturalist and the 26th President of the United States. TR is dee-lighted to tell tales of the campaign trail, communing with nature and the joys of New Jersey. As the Bull Moose will tell you himself, "I don't think any President ever enjoyed himself more than I did."

 

 

 

 

Meet Patriot Francis Hopkinson
Stan Saperstein will portray Mr. Hopkinson, a man of considerable talents & influence. Hopkinson, an author, a composer & a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is responsible for designing the first official American flag.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Meet Suffragette Alice Paul

Born in NJ, Alice Paul was a leading figure in obtaining voting rights for women. Taylor Williams will portray Ms. Paul providing insight into her extraordinary life and the causes she supported on behalf of women. 

 

 

 


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."

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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