MOUNT VERNON – There is every reason to believe that Tecumseh passed through Mount Vernon at one time or another. You might remember his name, but don’t know why. Tecumseh was born near present day Xenia, Ohio. He was a Shawnee chief involved in uniting various tribes to hold back white inclusion in what is now Ohio but because of the defeat at Falling Timbers Knox County became part of the land the U.S. won as part of the Greenville Treaty. His was well respected even among those who fought him. One of his most memorable quotes is as follows: “Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life”.
On Thursday February 27, Ken Hammontree will bring Tecumseh to life as he delivers a first person living history presentation at the Grand Hotel (12 Public Square). As an Ohio History teacher Ken tried dressing the part to maybe gain his class’s attention. It worked. Now Ken portrays over 40 characters and is a favorite at the Chautauqua Series.
Opening the program will be the return of Christina of the Colonies singing songs from that were sung at the time Tecumseh lived, including church songs. Doors will open at 6 PM with show starting at 7 PM. The program is held in the lower level of the hotel with easy access for those with special needs such as wheel chairs, walkers and strollers. The presentations are family friendly and offered on a donation basis. All are welcome whether you can afford to donate or not. The programs are meant for community enrichment and a chance to meet old friends and to make new ones.
The Chautauqua Series is organized and presented by Elixir Presents with the support from the Ariel Foundation, KPAC and the Grand Hotel. The series provides students, families and those who like history to learn more about real people, living real lives. Each performer does extensive research to put together a fact based program that goes well beyond the history books.
Entering its 14th season, the Chautauqua Series has been recognized by the Ohio Humanities Council as the only year round monthly Chautauqua Series in the United States and was recently nominated for an Ohio Governor’s Award.
For more information about this program and upcoming presentations, please visit www.elixirpresents.com or call 740-392-3018. To receive a “Gentle Reminder” email on the Sunday before each program, contact Mike Petee at firstname.lastname@example.org.