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Saturday December 20 2014


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2004 Town Square Chautauqua Performers

Donna McCreary
Credit: Courtesy of D. McCreary
Donna McCreary of Indiana depicts Mary Todd Lincoln as First Lady. Ms McCreary holds BS and MS degrees in Secondary Education from Indiana University Southeast. While studying for her education degrees, she became involved in community theater and children's theater. Her love of history and drama launched her portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln. She won the "Outstanding Mary Todd Lincoln Award" from the Association of Lincoln Presenters in 1997 and 2000, and published Lincoln's Table: Victorian Recipes from Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois to the White House, a collection of recipes for food that Lincoln enjoyed from his boyhood through his presidency. Learn more at
Ted Jackson
Credit: Courtesy of E. Jackson and Missouri Humanities Council
Edward "Ted" Jackson of Missouri portrays the future President Andrew Jackson. Mr. Jackson holds a BS from the University of Nebraska and a MSW from Loyola University School of Social Work in Chicago. Currently director of Clinical Services in Bowling Green, MO, Jackson also is an ordained Presbyterian minister and has served in various University campus and parish ministries. He has researched and performed General Andrew Jackson for numerous Chautauquas and other historical events. Learn more at
Marlene Katz
Credit: Courtesy of M. Katz
Marlene Katz of Kansas is a professional educator who relishes sharing her love of history with audiences of all ages. She has taught History, English, Drama and Communications in Kansas and Missouri school districts as well as community colleges and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She presently teaches at Baker University. As a professional storyteller she specializes in biographical depictions of Famous Women in History which include among others Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Golda Meir, Mary Todd Lincoln and Mother Teresa. Learn more at
George Dauler
Credit: Courtesy of G. Dauler
George Dauler of Ohio holds Masters Degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary and Case Western Reserve University. He has served as a social worker and marriage counselor and currently is pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Orwell, Ohio. He has portrayed Ulysses S Grant for community groups, schools, and historical societies for over 25 years and has researched Grant's life extensively. Learn more at
Rita Warford
Credit: Courtesy of R. Warford
Rita Warford is a professional vocalist. She studied voice and music at Columbia College in Chicago and worked extensively with Chicago's Urban Gateways before relocating to Carbondale. Rita frequently accompanies SIU music faculty, particularly with jazz presentations.
Shady Mix
Credit: Courtesy of Shady Mix
Shady Mix, southern Illinois' well-loved bluegrass and acoustic band, returns for the 2004 Chatauqua event. The group includes Mark Stoffel, Wil Maring, Geoff Maring, and newest member, Robert Bowlin. Learn more at .
Dan Cheatum
Credit: Courtesy of D. Cheatum
Don Cheatum is a member of the Federal Reenactor group 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co. C, and was a member of the former Civil War music group "Rose of El-a-noy." He has performed and recorded Civil War period music since 1985.

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