If you liked 'Sailabration,' you'll love Chautauqua 2012
Continue the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 July 6-8 at CCBC Catonsville
President James Madison (July 6), Flag maker Mary Pickersgill (July 7) and British Major General Ross (July 8)
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (June 21, 2012) – The Community College of Baltimore County and the Maryland Humanities Council are honoring the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with this year’s Chautauqua at CCBC Catonsville.
Join us July 6-8 in the Q Building Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, 800 South Rolling Road for musical performances by CCBC faculty members Patti Crossman and Daniel Lewis at 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the portrayals of historical figures from Maryland’s participation in the War of 1812.
Friday, July 6
John Douglas Hall portrays President James Madison, the fourth President of the United States (1809-17), who led our nation into the War of 1812, sometimes referred to as America’s second revolutionary war.
Hall has portrayed James Madison at Montpelier—the President’s home in Orange County, Virginia—since it was re-opened in 1987. He has also represented Madison at conferences, colleges, museums and historic sites around the county. In his unique approach to living history, he studies and portrays events as they occurred two hundred years ago to the day—starting each day by reading gazettes and pamphlets of that particular date in history.
Saturday, July 7
Jill Peters appears as Baltimore flag maker Mary Pickersgill, who stitched the Star Spangled Banner Flag that flew over Ft. McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore.
Peters has portrayed Mary Pickersgill on behalf of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House—Mary Pickersgill’s home on Pratt Street from 1806 until her death in 1857—since 2002. She conducts outreach across the Baltimore region and has appeared as Mary on Maryland Public Television and at War of 1812 events at Fort McHenry. She has a B.A. in Communication from Concordia College, Seward, NE, and was a photographer in the Air Force.
Sunday, July 8
Doug Mishler as British Major General Robert Ross who routed American troops at the Battle of Bladensburg, burned Washington, and was mortally wounded at North Point on his way to the Battle of Baltimore.
Mishler is a perennial crowd favorite of Maryland Chautauqua goers performing diverse historical character roles. Mishler is an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University. He is the author of a history of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Since 1995, Mishler has appeared at the Maryland Chautauqua as Jefferson Davis, P. T. Barnum, Theodore Roosevelt, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Ford, Upton Sinclair, and George Wallace. He also portrays Ernie Pyle, Billy Sunday, William Clark, Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Jackson, Edward R. Murrow and Thomas Hart Benton. He has a doctorate in American cultural history from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Chautauqua 2012 at CCBC Catonsville is free and open to the public. CCBC Catonsville’s Q Building Theatre is accessible to people with disabilities. No tickets or reservations are needed. For additional information, call Jacquie Lucy in CCBC College Communications at 443-840-4668.
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