On Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon, Indiana based living historian Gib Young will portray Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the President’s September 1902 visit to Wheeling.
Gib Young is a charter member of the Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club (1862 rules and uniforms). As a singer and actor, he has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals and is active in The Company Singers (A Civil War era singing ensemble.) He has been a life long admirer of Theodore Roosevelt and is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Fritz Klein, the foremost Abraham Lincoln interpreter, convinced Mr. Young to become a professional interpreter himself. Mr. Klein felt that Young’s Theodore Roosevelt impression was the best he had ever seen. Besides the physical resemblance to Roosevelt, Mr. Young has been able to develop the vocal attributes and movements of his subject to a high degree. Mr. Young has had the honor of appearing as TR at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Washington’s Mt. Vernon, the JFK Library and the American Museum of History of the Smithsonian among other places. He has offered scores of presentations before historical societies, schools, and libraries.
Just as they are at the library, this Lunch With Books program will be free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages will be provided. For more information, call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org. The Artisan Center can be reached at 304-232-1810 or by visiting www.artisancenter.com. Parking is available at the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center, located just across Main Street from the Artisan Center.
If all goes according to plan, Lunch With Books will return to the library's auditorium for the September 23 program, "The Rock Hurler: George Crook, the Army of West Virginia and the Battle of Fisher’s Hill" with Daniel T. Davis of the Emerging Civil War Speaker’s Bureau.