2013-01-31 / News

President Coolidge to Return to Statehouse

The Northfield News

Actor Jim Cooke will bring President Calvin Coolidge to life in a living history performance at the Vermont State House on February 6. His performance, “Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words,” is a First Wednesdays event presented by Vermont Humanities Council as part of the Farmers Night Concert Series at the Vermont State House. The performance takes place at 7:30 pm in the House Chamber.

Drawing from Coolidge’s letters, speeches, press conferences, and autobiography, Cooke will bring Coolidge to life and help us understand why Will Rogers said, “Mr. Coolidge has more subtle humor than almost any public man I ever met.”

Cooke, whose Vermont roots include schooling in a one-room schoolhouse, is a professional actor whose solo work has made him a historian. His performances have been featured at the Smithsonian, at the Library of Congress, and on the Today Show, C-SPAN, the History Channel, and NPR.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Montpelier include “Victoria’s Secrets” with Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano on March 6; “Recognizing Vermont’s Built Treasures” with Middlebury professor Glenn Andres on April 3; and “The Book of Kells” with Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll on May 1.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

“Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words” is sponsored by Cabot Creamery.

For more information, contact the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802.223.3338 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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