ANNUAL MEETING MAY 9
The annual meeting of the SCHS will be held Saturday, May 9th in the upstairs meeting room of the museum. Following a brief business meeting Jessica Michna will present her impersonation of Eleanor Roosevelt.
As World War II ended, America experienced the loss of its stalwart leader, President Franklin Roosevelt. After 13 years as First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt hoped to retire and perhaps write her memoirs. By 1948, the world had changed dramatically and so had Eleanor.
Michna shares with the audience Roosevelt's tragedies and triumphs. Born into the opulent wealth of America's "Golden Age", she would grow from the shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman. Strengthened by personal tragedy, she would emerge as a champion of civil rights, author and stateswoman. Roosevelt is best summed up by President Harry S. Truman, who dubbed her "The First Lady of the World."
Originally from Pennsylvania, Michna developed a love of American history at an early age. Her love of theater was encouraged by an older brother. During her high school years she appeared in various productions and designed and constructed costumes. Michna was offered a scholarship to the Goodman School of Theater in Chicago.
After several years in the healthcare field, Michna decided to return to her two great loves, history and the theater. The result was the birth of "First Impressions." After almost two years of research, script writing, costume construction and endless rehearsals, Mary Todd Lincoln was ready for her public. Audiences loved Mary, but wanted more. In 2005, Eleanor Roosevelt made her debut.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.