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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Thomas Jefferson portrayal 'unlike any we have had before'

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  • The final installment of the 2013-14 Profiles and Perspectives season promises to be one of the pre-eminent events during the history of the series.
    Historic interpreter Bill Barker will provide a special presentation portraying President Thomas Jefferson in “The Idea of America.” The event, sponsored by the Noble Foundation, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ardmore Convention Center. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Barker will talk about events in the Revolutionary War-era America that demonstrate the relevance of our nation’s early history and how they relate to contemporary issues.
    Barker has portrayed Jefferson in a variety of settings for almost 30 years. Bill White, Ph.D., will join Barker and discuss the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s role as a center for history and citizenship, highlighting the foundation’s efforts to improve historical literacy.
    “This will be a Profiles and Perspectives event unlike any we have had before,” said Mary Kate Wilson, Noble Foundation director of philanthropy, engagement and project management, and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives Committee. “Bill Barker’s ability to bring history literally to life is certain to provide an entertaining and educational evening for an audience of all ages.”
    The Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series began in 1998 as a way to benefit the area community through presentations by interesting and unique speakers. The series began in an Ardmore school cafeteria and has grown by leaps and bounds in attendance.
    This season has included renowned speakers such as Oklahoma meteorology icon Gary England, professional photographer Joel Sartore and author Jayson Lusk.
    “It has been a tremendous season already, and I’m certain Bill Barker will be nothing less than spectacular,” Wilson said.

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