FDRWilliamsport- The Taber Museum will be featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Defender of Democracy as presented by playwright Robert Hughes, on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 2pm. The presentation, one of the Society Programs in the Taber’s Lecture Series, will be held in the Community Room of the Museum. It is free and open to the public.

Robert Thomas Hughes has performed throughout the region in a long-list of plays and performances. Among Hughes’ characterizations are his portrayals as actor John Barrymore in “Barrymore’s Ghost” and as playwright Jason Miller in a biographical play, “Go Irish! The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller.”. His work also includes a depiction of coal miners’ lives, an ‘interview’ with Frederick Douglass and a forthcoming sketch of Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.He won an unprecedented four elections and became a central figure during crucial years in the country’s history. He directed the efforts of the federal government during the Great Depression, implementing New Deal programming to create jobs and stem the economic crisis which occurred. His last two terms were dominated by World War II. His health concerns were largely hidden from the public at large.

As the Society Program coincides with the third Sunday of the month, admission to the museum is free. The Third Sunday of each month May through October features free admission. The Lecture Series combines the Sunday afternoon programs with Thursday morning Coffee Hours. The lecture series is generously sponsored by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.