Naperville Public Library's Brown Bag series explores 'The Political Lincoln' Sept. 3

  • Kevin Wood will portray Honest Abe in "The Political Lincoln: Honest Abe on Campaigns & Elections" at the Sept. 3 Brown Bag program.

    Kevin Wood will portray Honest Abe in "The Political Lincoln: Honest Abe on Campaigns & Elections" at the Sept. 3 Brown Bag program. Courtesy of Brian Schultz

  • On Sept. 17, historian Jim Gibbons will talk about "The South Pacific of World War II" during the next Brown Bag lecture.

    On Sept. 17, historian Jim Gibbons will talk about "The South Pacific of World War II" during the next Brown Bag lecture. Daily Herald File Photo, 2015

  • Leslie Goddard

    Leslie Goddard

  • Megan Wells portrays "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley in "Mary Shelley -- Love & Frankenstein" on Oct. 15.

    Megan Wells portrays "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley in "Mary Shelley -- Love & Frankenstein" on Oct. 15. Courtesy of Megan Wells

 
 
Updated 8/19/2020 7:09 PM

The Naperville Public Library is offering its lunchtime lecture series on Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on select Thursdays.

On Sept. 3, it will be "The Political Lincoln: Honest Abe on Campaigns & Elections." Join Mr. Lincoln, portrayed by Kevin Wood, as he describes his many interesting campaign and election experience over a long and eventful career, during a time of political intrigue and tumult when the very destiny of the nation was at stake.

 

On Sept. 17, learn about the events that took place, before, during and after the war in "The South Pacific of World War II." Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the wars' major battles, some of the main commanders in the war and their strategies, as well as how the war was ended by the dropping of the Atomic Bomb by President Truman.

On Oct. 1, it will be "Tea for Three -- Lady Bird, Pat and Betty." Explore the hopes and fears of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford, all portrayed by Leslie Goddard, as they are thrust into the spotlight after their husbands become president. In three scenes taking place in the family quarters of the White House, each of the women confides to the audiences, spilling secrets and discussing the "hardest unpaid job in the world."

On Oct. 15, the topic will be "Mary Shelley -- Love & Frankenstein." "Frankenstein," the world's first science fiction novel, was written by a 19-year-old named Mary Shelley in 1818. The story of how she came to write such a novel reveals the painful struggle of a brilliant and rebellious mind. Born of two idealistic parents, Mary rebelled against English social norms to have a relationship with romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, portrayed by storyteller Megan Wells, shares the true story of that famous "dark and stormy night."

The Brown Bag Lectures range from art, history, culture, timely relevance and first-person portrayals.

Once registration has been complete, an email will be sent to the email provided with a link to join the meeting.

Questions will be taken at the end of the lecture through the chat option. This is a live lecture and will not be recorded for later viewing.

For information on registration, visit www.naperville-lib.org.

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