Bertha Palmer

Chicago socialite, pace-setting art collector, and wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, Bertha Palmer is best remembered today for her Impressionist Art Collection and her posh Lake Shore Drive mansion.


Civil War Nurse Clara Barton

ClaraBarton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This program, set in 1864, explores how she became a nurse and the medical conditions of the American Civil War.


Brownie Wise

Brownie Wise propelled Tupperware to skyrocketing success in the 1950s through pioneering home parties. When her fame started to eclipse that of Tupperware, she was abruptly fired and largely disappeared. But the techniques she pioneered remain the gold standard for home party selling.


Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy

If Mary Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy met, what would they discuss? In this imagined meeting between the two First Ladies at the Smithsonian Museum's First Ladies exhibition, Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy reminisce about life in the White House, negotiating the role of First Lady, and the challenges of facing life after their husbands' deaths.

The courageous exploits and spirited personality of aviator Amelia Earhart made her an international celebrity. Her dazzling achievements include being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane (1928), the first woman to pilot herself across the Atlantic by plane (1932). She set numerous speed and altitude records before disappearing mysteriously in 1937 during an attempted around-the-world flight.


Amelia Earhart
Eleanor Roosevelt

When Sports Illustrated made a list of the 100 greatest American athletes, Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the only woman in the top ten. She was an All-American basketball player, an Olympic  track and field star, and a champion golfer. She also excelled at baseball, tennis, swimming, bowling, and marbles. In this portrayal, Babe remembers her journey from winning 3 medals at the 1932 Olympics to triumphing in 82 golf tournaments. Tough-minded, fearless, and funny, "Babe" remains America's greatest female athlete.

Meet the real Schuyler sisters behind the characters in the smash hit musical Hamilton: his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton and her sisters, Angelica and Peggy.

Hamilton's Women

In her ground-breaking book Silent Spring (1962), Rachel Carson warned the world about the environmental impact of chemical pesticides. In this living-history program, Carson shares stories about her love nature, her passion for writing, her three books about ocean life, and her work to awaken the world to the beauty and fragility of nature. Carson was not only an early environmental activist but also a gifted writer whose words revealed the power of language to change how we view our place in the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven champion of human rights. In this program, Eleanor grapples with the question or whether or not to accept an invitation to join the American delegation to the new United Stations. As she considers her options, she shares stories of her childhood, her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, her work during World War I, Franklin's bout with polio, coming to the White House in 1933, World War II, and Franklin's death. As she speaks, she reveals the warm, honest, and passionate First Lady and stateswoman she was.

  • Table for props used in program (a card-table-sized table is fine)
  • Microphone (lapel preferred), if needed or desired by presenting organization
Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Environmental Movement

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Portrayals

available for 2016

Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Greatest Female Athlete in History

Leslie Goddard

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Few survivors of the sinking of the HMHS Britannic in 1916 had a toothbrush, but Violet Jessop had hers, remembering what she missed after surviving the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. A stewardess who survived both sinkings of both ships, Jessop tells unforgettable stories about the tragedies from the perspective of a crew member and gives a fascinating glimpse at life behind-the-scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of the day. Based on the book Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessop, ed. John Maxtone-Graham, 1998.

Coming in 2017:

Titanic Survivor Violet Jessop

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