Library programs highlight historical icons
Women’s Suffrage Movement, Lincoln’s story told
History buffs can enjoy two upcoming Naperville Public Library programs featuring several important historical icons who have influenced the nation.
The first program, The Long Road to Victory, will showcase five unconventional women from the Women’s Suffrage Movement, including Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. Presenter Annette Baldwin will portray the women during the program that will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. April 9 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Baldwin will perform first-person monologues with an in-character question-and-answer session.
“I was compelled to tell the story of the Women’s Suffrage Movement through The Long Road to Victory because I wanted people to understand how not all U.S. citizens enjoyed political, social, educational and professional freedom,” Baldwin said.
The library also will showcase one of the most powerful figures from the past during another historical program, Honest Abe and his Artifacts, from 7 to 8 p.m. April 14 at 95th Street Library. Presenter David Becker will perform an inspirational and interactive one-man play on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s fateful night at Ford’s Theatre.
Becker said his first presentation was in 2009, when he performed during a children’s musical event. He said, at that time, he glued on a beard and bought a Lincoln costume.
“Over time, I grew a beard, shaved my mustache and got an authentic-looking Lincoln costume, including the stovepipe hat,” he said. “I read every Lincoln book I could get a hold of and drove all over Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana to ‘walk on hallowed ground.’”
Becker, who is a retired teacher, will feature a variety of historical artifacts including the 33-star flag taken down at Fort Sumter, slave shackles and books from the 1800s as well as a candle maker from Lincoln’s mom and a carpentry tool from his dad. During the program, attendees will receive an uncirculated 2009 Lincoln Rail Splitter Penny.
The programs are partially funded by a grant from the City of Naperville. For more information, call 630-637-4935 or go to naperville-lib.org.