Storrowton Village Museum’s annual First Person Presentation will focus this year on Harriet Tubman. The museum will bring living historian Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti and her performance of “I Can’t Die But Once” to its historic Union Meeting House on January 25 at 7pm.
This performance will take a closer look at the woman who inspired many during and after her lifetime. To the enslaved, Tubman was Moses leading them to freedom; to their slaveholders, she was a thief and trickster. Tubman was a fearless visionary who commanded an elaborate system of scouts and spies during abolition years. She often gave speeches before and after the Civil War, as a way of raising money for her humanitarian causes.
Quezaire-Presutti’s presentation will take the audience back to 1887, during one of Tubman’s speeches in a meeting hall addressing friends and supporters. Toward the end of the presentation, Quezaire-Presutti will answer questions as Tubman before switching to a short talk about researching her subject as an actor.
Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, a committed scholar of African American Diaspora Studies, began performing in 1997 at The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures as an Educational Interpreter. An award-winning artist, she has been recognized for the quality and range of her work, receiving a certification in Theatre in Museums and Interpretation from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. In 2010, she was crowned Ms. Senior Connecticut.
Admission to Storrowton Village Museum’s annual First Person Presentation is $8 in advance online and $10 at the event. Event updates, including weather related closings, will be posted on facebook.com/storrowtonvillage and the Facebook event. For more information, please call 413-205-5051.