“Emily Roebling” will join Clara Barton, George Washington and Walt Whitman Saturday, May 14th at the 12th annual SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. Come for historical reinactmentsas well as such as 19th baseball, horse-drawn plowing demonstrations, Phydeaux’s flying flea circus and period music.
This year there will be several Civil War themed programs to coincide with the exhibit of President Lincoln’s casket. This replica casket will be on display in the park’s Visitor Center. A local Civil War reenactment unit, the 14th NJ Volunteers, Co. H, will provide an honor guard for the casket and the Fort Delaware Cornet Band will perform music of the era on period instruments. Darrel Ford, portraying Walt Whitman, will read his poem, “Oh Captain, My Captain”, a tribute to President Lincoln. Kenneth Serfass , who will portray General Ulysses S. Grant, will reflect on his relationship and career with the late Commander in Chief.
There will also be a fictional U.S. Army radio and live show, “SPAM Time”, which is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Viet Nam War era. A full day of pre-recorded and live musical entertainment will be presented.
It’s a fun-filled experience for the whole family! You don’t want to miss it. For more information: njhistoryfair.org
About Carol Simon Levin
Carol Simon Levin has had a career as a college & children’s librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter.
Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, telling the amazing stories of early women in aviation, engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenany of songs and stories, expanding on the mathematical and artistic possibilities of a simple square, or sharing the story of a dolphin who learned to swim with an artificial tail (along with activities to help children understand what it is like to live with a disability), she always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons.
She has always been particularly fascinated by the history of technology and women’s history. She has authored Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates and has created three programs introducing the women — well-known and unknown — who worked tirelessly for women’s rights in this country.
For more information on any of her Telling Her Stories presentations, check out the website tellingherstories.com.
She can bring her presentations to libraries, senior centers, historical societies, schools, camps and other venues. Each can be tailored to different ages. Additional programs and resources for children and teachers can be found at: www.carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com.
Carol Simon Levin is a member of the New Jersey Storytelling Network, the New Jersey Library Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
She can be reached at: cslevin59 (at) gmail.com or by phone 908 781-6041 (home) or 908 361-6519 (cell).
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