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Thomas Jefferson coming to McCarl Coverlet Gallery History Dinner Theater Series

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 3:33 p.m.
Steven Edenbo will portray Thomas Jefferson during the McCarl Gallery's History Dinner Theater at Saint Vincent College on Dec. 7.
Steven Edenbo will portray Thomas Jefferson during the McCarl Gallery's History Dinner Theater at Saint Vincent College on Dec. 7.

Historical re-enactor Steven Edenbo will portray Thomas Jefferson during a Dec. 7 installment of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery's History Dinner Theater Series at Saint Vincent College.

“Thomas Jefferson is an American titan who led by charisma and conversation, rather than by coercion,” said series coordinator and gallery curator Lauren Churilla in a news release. “The first secretary of state, the second vice president and the third president, Jefferson considered these roles as burdens placed upon him. He was most proud of penning the Declaration of Independence, fathering the University of Virginia and shepherding the Statute of Religious Freedom.

“Steve Edenbo offers his audience Thomas Jefferson's gifts with eloquence,” Churilla said. “Edenbo shares Jefferson's love of reading, writing and good wine, as well as a love of the outdoors and the need to balance intimate friendships with solitude.”

In addition to impersonating Jefferson, Edenbo is a historian and motivational speaker. A 1996 graduate of Dickinson College, he was discovered by a representative from the American Historical Theater while working as a resident actor at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Lancaster County.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Unity campus.

Tickets are available until Dec. 1. Cost is $65, $35 for students, and $25 for children. Group rates are available.

Menu choices are herb-crusted flank steak or chicken fontina.

The current dinner theater series will continue in 2018 with “A Visit With Harriet Tubman” on March 16, and “History Alive! Sally Ride — Who Wants to be an Astronaut?” on May 4.

Details: 724-805-2188 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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