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Take a step back in time with FDR

On Thursday, step back in time to the 1930s and ’40s and visit with the man who led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II.As part of the Winter Lecture Series programs, the Frontier Historical Society and the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Library host humanities scholar Richard Marold in character as America’s dynamic 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The performance, free and open to the public, is presented in cooperation with the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Glenwood Springs Library. Elected president an unprecedented four times, President Roosevelt was a man of the people, creating work programs designed to help citizens cope with the hardships of the Depression. He suffered paralysis from polio and was as equally comfortable with Joseph Stalin as he was with Winston Churchill.”To meet Roosevelt with all his buoyant sparkle, his iridescence, was like opening a bottle of champagne,” Churchill said.FDR visited Glenwood Springs in July of 1920, while he was secretary of the Navy and the Democratic candidate for vice president, and was honored at a reception at the Hotel Colorado. Roosevelt also impacted Glenwood Springs with the formation of the Civilian Conservation Corps and set up a CCC camp for several years, located where Sayre Park now stands.Marold holds a master’s degree in humanities from Penn State University and teaches part-time at Colorado State University in Pueblo. For seven years, he served as editor of the Cheyenne Mountain KIVA, a magazine covering the history of central Colorado. Marold has appeared throughout Colorado as FDR and has performed for educational, professional and convention groups nationwide and on National Public Radio.Sponsored by a grant from the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, this Chautauqua performance is meant to not only educate, but entertain. Chautauquas feature first-person characterizations of historical figures, followed by questions from the audience while presenters are in character. At the end of each program, presenters step out of character to answer additional questions.The Chautauqua movement began in 1874 in New York State and by 1904 traveling Chautauquas brought lectures, music and drama during the summer months to residents of small towns and villages throughout the United States.For more information on this program or any of the remaining Winter Lecture Series programs, call 945-4448 or 945-5958.

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