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Release Date: 11/07/2012

Watch history come alive at The Seattle Public Library's 2012 McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series

2012 McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series

Watch history come alive when humanities scholar-Chautauquan Clay Jenkinson presents a debate between Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, for The Seattle Public Library's 2012 McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.


The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Parking is available at adjacent pay lots and discounted parking is available with a voucher at the main Washington State Convention & Trade Center garage, located two blocks north of Town Hall at the corner of Pike Street and Eighth Avenue. Request a voucher from any Town Hall staff member after you arrive.


This program will feature a three-part Chautauqua performance. First, Jenkinson will appear in costume in the persona of his characters, speaking as Presidents Jefferson and Roosevelt. Next he will open the floor to questions from the audience. Finally, he will break character and respond to further questions based on his research.


Jenkinson is a former Rhodes Scholar and the host of the syndicated radio program, "The Thomas Jefferson Hour." He is the author of "The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness." Jenkinson is one of founders of the modern Chautauqua movement and has portrayed Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and other historical characters in first-person interpretations. Jenkinson lives in North Dakota.


The 2012 McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series is made possible by gifts from Mary McLellan Williams and the O'Donnell Foundation and by support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or visit www.spl.org.

For more information contact:


Linda Johns, Coordinator for Washington Center for the Book

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