Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

Gwendolyn brings to life three important women in our history:

As Harriet Tubman she  follows Gen. Butler’s army as it marched through Maryland in her home country, a lesson in how individual leadership affected the outcome of the conflict from a different historical perspective.

As Madam C.J. Walker  she battled the society that relegated her to doing its laundry-yet rose from washerwoman to light the way for other black businesswomen, financed YMCAs and led an anti-lynching campaign all the way to the White House.  She created marketing campaigns, training opportunities and distribution strategies as innovative as many entrepreneurial men of her time.

 As Ona Judge in  1846 she is being interviewed regarding her life as an enslaved person living in the home of George and Martha Washington and her struggle to maintain a life in Greenland, NH.  She provides an alternative viewpoint and experience on the nation’s social, political and economic development and how it is at odds with the principles embodied in the nation’s founding documents.

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About the Artist

Gwendolyn is an Artist-in-Residence at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum. She is an International Award Winning Toastmaster and the recipient of the Director’s Award for Excellence, from the Institute of Texan Cultures. She is also the 2006 recipient of the Boston Fund Artist Fellowship through the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

“Looking Things Over” The Collective Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston (Grades: 4-6; Adult)  NEW!

Acclaimed anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist Zora Neale Hurston traveled the back roads of the rural South, collecting stories from men, women, and children in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana so that the spirit and richness of the African American oral storytelling tradition could be shared and preserved. “Hurston’s personal literary self-portrait offers a revealing, often audacious glimpse into the life-public and private of an extraordinary artist.” And champion of the black experience in America. The setting is the 1950’s , Hurston has worked as a maid, writer for Saturday Evening Post, Reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier and a two year stint as a columnist for the Fort Pierce Chronicle.  Zora is addressing colleagues at a gathering.

Single Performance: $715

Back to Back Performances: $1,205

Ona Judge Staines-Runaway Slave of George Washington (Grades 4-8)

Oney Judge telling her story- If I am not for myself, who will be for me?  A rich and compelling story of America’s past from the perspective of those enslaved from 1773 to 1848.  The setting is 1846 and Ona is being interviewed regarding her life as an enslaved person living in the home of George and Martha Washington and her struggle to maintain a life in Greenland, NH.  She provides an alternative viewpoint and experience on the nation’s social, political and economic development and how it is at odds with the principles embodied in the nation’s founding documents.

Single Performance: $715

Back to Back Performances: $1,205

Make Your Own Cornhusk Doll

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2 Workshops: $715

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