West Virginia University at Parkersburg is celebrating Women’s History Month with a portrayal of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on Monday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the college theater on the main campus. Patty Cooper of Parkersburg will portray Roosevelt as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program. The event is sponsored by the WVU Parkersburg Social Justice Committee and is free and open to the public.
During the 12 years Roosevelt served as First Lady of the United States, she changed how the public viewed the role of the president’s wife. She was a vocal champion of social reform and human rights, traveled widely representing the president, authored books, wrote newspaper columns and visited troops during World War II. The founding of the homestead community of Arthurdale in Preston County in 1934 is a project for which she is well remembered in West Virginia.
Roosevelt is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.
Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched the writings, speeches and biographies of the characters they portray and whenever possible, use their original words. The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians. For 40 years the Council has been providing educational programs in the humanities across the state. This program is available to both non-profit and for-profit groups. For more information, call the West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit www.wvhumanities.org.