Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in Georgetown – Postponed

27th March 2020 7:30 pm

Postponed — new date is Oct. 2, 2020

Would you like to meet Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ founding fathers, and ask him questions about his life and legacy?

The Winyah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is pleased to announce that their 6th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser will feature Historian Steve Edenbo performing his one man show, “Thomas Jefferson: Life and Legacy.” It will be held Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winyah Auditorium.

This evening performance will focus on the historical significance Jefferson holds for our country. The show will be opened and highlighted with musical selections by the Saltwater Chamber Orchestra of Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach.

Jefferson served in the Second Continental Congress, in Virginia’s state legislature, as the 2nd governor of Virginia for two terms, as U.S. ambassador (“minister plenipotentiary”) to France, as the first U.S. secretary of state, as the second U..S vice president, and as the third president of the United States.

He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence, the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the Father of the University of Virginia. His variegated legacy encompasses substantial paradoxes, e.g., his status as one of the most prominent voices of human liberty in the new world contrasted with his failure to free his own slaves, and his articulation of the original doctrine of strict construction under the Constitution contrasted with his expansion of the non-enumerated powers of the US President by means of the Louisiana Purchase and the Embargo Act.

More than any founding father, Thomas Jefferson personifies not only the hopes and ideals, but also the original unresolved conflicts and continuing debates of our nation’s past and present. Edenbo has studied and portrayed Thomas Jefferson since 1999. In addition to continuing independent study, he researched Jefferson as a resident fellow at Monticello’s International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Edenbo’s one-man show brings Jefferson’s leadership and vision to the forefront at Continuing Legal Education seminars, schools, colleges and universities, historical and patriotic organizations, and many other groups and events throughout the country. He appears regularly at such venues as The National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia. Steve has been featured on television as Mr. Jefferson not only in various History Channel & PBS documentaries, but also in Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

He has shared Jefferson’s life & legacy across the U.S. and in England. Steve’s clientele includes the FBI, various state bar associations, The Smithsonian Institution, the US Mint, the University of Virginia, the National Governors Association, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Federal Executive Institute, as well as numerous other corporate, private, and public clients.

The Winyah DAR has presented five previous events raising six $2,500 scholarships each year, for one senior at each of Georgetown County’s six high schools. The Chapter is
excited about returning to its Revolutionary War era roots and presenting such a timely and fascinating show for the community.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $15 for students up to 12th grade. There will be a limited number of $85 tickets available for preferred seating to include an invitation to a pre-show reception with Edenbo. Proceeds from the event will be used for local scholarships. Tickets are available on Winyah Auditorium’s website via Eventbrite (winyahauditorium.org), by calling Susan Davis @ 8430325-1800, or from any Winyah DAR member.

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