Spend an enjoyable hour with fascinating people from Ohio's past in the intimate setting of museum theatre.
These characters will connect their times to yours by sharing their life stories. These are charming and engaging performances that are appropriate for all ages and wheelchair accessible. Performances are free with museum admission every Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
February 1, 8, 15 and 22
Alice Dunbar Nelson: Poet, Journalist, Political Activist
Among the first generation of African Americans born in the South after the Civil War, Alice graduated from college in 1892 and taught for six years, editing the woman's page of a New Orleans paper in her free time. She began publishing her poetry and short stories at age 20. In 1895 she began a correspondence with Paul Laurence Dunbar. They later married and moved to Washington, D.C. The two came from very different racial experiences: Alice's light skin allowed her to "pass," while Paul's more "African" appearance kept him out of places she was able to enter. Krysteen Hammond of Columbus portrays Alice Dunbar Nelson in this one-woman performance.
March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Sheriff Maude: Lawman, Detective, and Mother
Maude Collins was a happily married mother of five in 1935. She served as a small-town jail matron working alongside her husband, Vinton County sheriff Fletcher Collins, until he was killed in the line of duty. Fletcher's untimely death shattered the world Maude had known, but also put her in a position to make history. She was appointed to fill the vacancy left by her husband's death. Not a mere figurehead, Maude was a capable sheriff who gained national fame and solved a double homicide. Harriet Merriman of Westerville portrays Maude Collins.
April 5, 12, 19 and 26
House Calls: When the Doctor Came to You
The relationship between doctors and patients was different in the 1950s. Doctors made house calls then, and there was trust between physicians and patients. Both times and ailments have changed. Come back to a simpler time when doctors knew your first name, those of your children, and more importantly, your address and the color scheme of your living room. Ronald St Pierre of Westerville portrays Dr. Burton of small town America in the 1950s.