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Living History Series: 19th Century Authors
All presentations take place in the Freeport Public Library Meeting Rooms at 6:30pm. Refreshments courtesy of Heritage Woods of Freeport. These presentations are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 23 – Sarah Josepha Hale, Presented by Sharon Wood of Telling His-Story (and Hers)
An influential American woman of the 19th century, Hale is well known as the author of the children's poem, “Mary's Lamb,” and for her efforts over three decades to have Thanksgiving decreed a national holiday. Not so widely known are her lifetime achievements while editing the popular 19th century woman’s magazine, Godey’s Lady’s Book.

Thursday, June 14 – Walt Whitman, Presented by RJ Lindsey
Walt Whitman, one of the greatest poets America has ever produced, shares stories of his life and readings of his poetry. Whitman also speaks of his three years as a wound dresser tending to the needs of the wounded and sick. A great admirer of Abraham Lincoln, Whitman reads from his Lincoln lecture series narrating the night of the assassination and presenting a reading of his most popular poem, “Oh, Captain, My Captain.”

Wednesday, August 22 – Louisa May Alcott, Presented by Leslie Goddard, of Leslie Goddard Presents
Meet Louisa May Alcott, the beloved author whose children's books made her one of America's most famous writers. Dr. Goddard portrays Alcott in a program that draws from Alcott's own diaries, books, and letters to bring the passionate, humorous, and progressive author to life.

Wednesday, October 24 – Edgar Allan Poe, Presented by Duffy Hudson
Actor Duffy Hudson brings Edgar Allan Poe to life! Hear for yourself this tormented writer’s story, and listen enraptured as he recites two of his most well-known poems, “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.”

Thursday, December 13 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Presented by Laura F. Keyes, of Historic Voices
Join Laura as she reminisces about her childhood Christmases, and looks forward to making memories with her new family, husband Almanzo and daughter Rose. This presentation is for all ages!