Raue Center Hosts Historical Face Off When Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt Take the Stage

Raue Center Hosts Historical Face Off When Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt Take the Stage

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to announce a fundraiser for Raue Center and the Crystal Lake Library Foundation! See history come alive when scholar, writer and historical interpreter Clay Jenkinson presents "Dueling Debater," a historical face-off between Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt, at 8 p.m. on November 18, 2017!

"We're excited to have Clay back. He puts on a spellbinding show," says Crystal Lake Library Foundation President, Brian Pappalardo. "Clay's shows are also educational. You learn a lot about Thomas Jefferson and the presidency at the time. When Clay performs he's so entertaining that no one ever wants him to stop."

The audience will experience Jenkinson's great depth and talent as he reveals the many sides of America's greatness! He will appear in costume and character as he assumes both sides in a debate between two of the country's most esteemed presidents: Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Jenkinson's performances are always humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening!

Jenkinson is known for his portrayals of multiple historical characters, including Jefferson, Roosevelt, Meriwether Lewis, J. Robert Oppenheimer and John Wesley Powell. He is also the author of nine books, including the critically acclaimed "The Character of Meriwether Lewis." Jenkinson has also created four documentaries and has appeared in three documentaries by Ken Burns, including his most recent film, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

A distinguished scholar of the humanities at Bismarck State College, Jenkinson has won multiple awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor awarded to a public humanities scholar in the U.S. He has also been named Humanities Scholar of the Year in Kansas, Nevada and North Dakota. Jenkinson is also the founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at rauecenter.org or via the Box Office at 815.356.9212 or at 26 N. Williams Street in downtown Crystal Lake.

About Raue Center For The Arts

Raue Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. For 16 years, they have provided quality programming - striving to make it pertinent, available and affordable to all. As a painstakingly restored, 1920s regional Showcase Theatre named for its benefactor-Lucile Raue-Raue Center has attracted the finest stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Named on the League of Historic American Theatres, Raue Center is one of the finest examples of restored art and decor in the nation. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, Ill., is a gathering place for our region's citizens and has become a true destination. For additional information, visit rauecenter.org, facebook.com/RaueCenter and twitter.com/RaueCenter.

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