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2005 Town Square Chautauqua Performers

Mary McCorvie holds a degree in anthropology. She has been employed by the Shawnee Forest Service for the past 14 years as their Forest Archeologist and serves often as an interpreter/ educator. She will explore the development and many uses of the Shawnee National Forest. She will present information about many little-known sites in the forest and the many programs that the Forest Service offers to local residents.
Dianne Moran Dianne Moran is a folklorist, naturalist, storyteller who has worked in education for 35 years. She will interpret the perspective of Native Americans of the late 1800s, through her characterization of Buffalo Bird Woman, an Hidatsa woman whose life reflected the many changes forced on Native Americans in the 1800s. In her daytime program, Moran will narrate Native American folklore and legends that speak to the spiritual and symbiotic relationship Native Americans have with the land.
Kevin Radaker Kevin Radaker holds a PhD in English, and is a professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Anderson, Indiana. As a leading scholar on Henry David Thoreau, he has presented numerous academic papers in addition to many living history performances. Dr. Radaker will present the provocative spirit and words of Henry David Thoreau, America's mid-nineteenth century apostle of the wilderness, social critic and political thinker. The great New England writer, through his words and drive, helped spark the advancement of the conservation ethic. Dr. Radaker's presentation focuses on the mid-1800s when America, poised on the brink of the Civil War, saw railroads and industry begin to change the character and pace of life, and when few Americans had yet begun to consider the value of our wild lands. During his daytime lecture, he will share Thoreau's opinions on the preservation of the wilderness and its importance
Tony Farque Tony Farque holds a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology and has been employed for 24 years by the US Forest Service in the Wilamette National Forest as an interpreter/educator, winning an award as the 2004 Regional Interpreter/Educator of the year. He will portray Gifford Pinchot, an early conservationist who pushed for public and forest industry support of scientific forest management principals. Pinchot was instrumental in persuading Theodore Roosevelt to establish the U.S. Forest Service. Farque's portrayal of Gifford Pinchot will speak to the U.S. Forest Service's early history and to influences that remain today. In his daytime program, Farque will explore opposing approaches to conservation and land management held by early conservation leaders Gifford Pinchot and John Muir. Those divergent viewpoints underpin the national debate that remains into the 21st century.
Derek Evans Derek Evans studied theater at Northwestern University as well as the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. A professional actor with over 20 years of experience in educational programs, Evans began studying Theodore Roosevelt six years ago and has given his interpretive presentation numerous times, including a White House presentation. An outdoorsman, a lover of nature, a big game hunter and expert on songbirds, the 26th President of the United States pushed through Congress huge advances in the protection of the environment and was the first president to make conservation the cornerstone of his domestic policy. It was during Roosevelt's term in office that the independent U.S. Forest Service was established, intended toward the rationally-managed public control of natural resources.
Dan Jones will serve as 2005 Town Square Chautauqua Master of Ceremonies. He holds a Master's degree in American History and is a collector of historical artifacts and books. He has served as assistant curator at the Chicago Historical Museum and the Will County Museum.
Pat Frank Pat Frank is from Augusta, Missouri. Over the last five years she has frequently performed with Dianne Moran in western and Native American themed presentations. She will perform instrumental music as well as original songs using the guitar, recorder, flute, rainstick, bells and drum.
Kallima Kallima is a woodwind ensemble of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra Association. They will perform Irving Fine: Partita; Samuel Barber: Summer Music; and Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring.
Independent Silver Band is a 14-piece brass band under the direction of Bill Reynolds of Mount Vernon, Illinois. The band, dressed in period clothing and performing with instruments of the era, is a recreation of an actual band of the same name that existed in Mount Vernon in the late 1800s.
Pitch-Catcher Barbershop Quartet is a barbershop group based in Herrin, Illinois and is part of the Southern Illinois Barbershop Society. They will entertain the Chautauqua audience with songs from the turn of the century.

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