Old Sturbridge Village announces fall line-up of guest speakers

Press release submitted by Old Sturbridge Village


Distinguished Speaker Series: 

Old Sturbridge Village Announces 
Fall Line-Up of Guest Speakers 

Thursdays, September 20th, October 4th and 25th, 6:00 pm 

Old Sturbridge Village will host three distinguished guest speakers this fall, including a Presidential profiler, a musical duo, and a novelist.


Thursday, September 20
Presidential Profiles from Washington to Trump
with Herb Pearce

Hear revealing stories from author Herb Pearce as he describes the personal lives, loves and losses, triumphs and failures of each of the 45 Presidents. Some dreamed of being President from childhood and others were pressured into it by wives or politicians. Learn the historical backdrop of each President's time period in American history and how the Presidents represent the American character. Hear what actually occurred rather than the typical idealized textbook portrayal. Each President is typed in the two systems of the 9 Enneagram personality types and the 16 types of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Herb Pearce, M.Ed., is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled teachers of the Enneagram 9 Type Personality System today. He also gives lectures on American history. He has taught well over 2000 Enneagram workshops, trainings and presentations to the public and to hundreds of organizations. Having vast experience working as a psychotherapist using this system, Herb Pearce has worked with hundreds of individuals and couples to understand and communicate well to all types of people. He leads team building programs for businesses, is a public speaker, workshop presenter and personal life coach.

Pearce is the author of 6 books: Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Herb's Tips for Living, and Lessons from the River.


Thursday, October 4
Music of Early America
with David and Ginger Hildebrand

Come listen and learn about music of the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, with renowned specialists David & Ginger Hildebrand. The Hildebrands recreate the patriotic songs, ballads, marches, dance tunes, and theater songs popular that tell the story of America's first and second wars for independence, as these two events were then called. The couple perform this music on period appropriate instruments, including the violin, Baroque guitar, English guitar, hammered dulcimer, spinet (harpsichord), and English flute. Costumed in period dress and with spoken introductions as well as a detailed program handout, the Hildebrands will bring their musical and historical expertise to what promises to be both an entertaining and educational evening. The Hildebrands will perform several of the broadside ballads especially appropriate to this region, collected in Boston in 1814 and preserved at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester


Thursday, October 25
Crossing Point: A Novel of the American Revolution
with James Glickman

Author James Glickman will discuss and read excerpts from his latest novel, Crossing Point. Based closely on the known historical record, Crossing Point brings to life the American Revolution in all of its vivid detail.

When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is a slave to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army by Samuel Ward, head of one New England's most prominent families. Torn about leaving his beloved June and the other slaves that have become his family, Guy eventually sets out with Samuel Ward and a battalion of men on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec.

The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed. Crossing Point shares a little-known chapter in the national founding, and raises the question of what justice was fought for by the men who faced an uncertain freedom when the last shots were fired.


Each of the above events begins with a reception with the speaker, including refreshments and a cash bar at 6:00 pm, and the presentations will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets for each program are available online at www.osv.org, or at the door for $12 per person ($10 for Old Sturbridge Village members). Special bundled pricing for all 3 programs is $30 for non-members, or $25 for OSV members. For details, call 508-347-0290.


About Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms and three water-powered mills - restaurants, shops and the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, and children 3 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking. Village Members receive free daytime admission. For details, visit www.osv.org.

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