September 12, 2019
Oklahoma History Center to Host Eleanor Roosevelt Living History Presentation
OKLAHOMA CITY — On Thursday, October 3, the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will welcome Susan Marie Frontczak, who will portray First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in “What We Are Fighting For,” the OHC’s latest History Alive! living history presentation. This program is Frontczak’s interpretation of Mrs. Roosevelt’s views on World War II and the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship and uncertainty.
The OHC will offer two public performances on October 3. The first will begin at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. The second performance will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. There is no reserved seating, so early arrival is recommended. Tickets are $10 for members of the Oklahoma Historical Society and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased by calling 405-522-0765 or at the door. While in Oklahoma City, Frontczak will present her Eleanor Roosevelt living history program at two local schools. These school programs are generously sponsored by Sonic, America’s Drive-In.
Susan Marie Frontczak has performed a number of living history personae over the last 20 years, including Clara Barton, Mary Shelley and Marie Curie. When asked to describe her purpose in developing various living history personae, Frontczak said, "Storytelling opens avenues for conveying a message, awakening the imagination and communicating thoughts and feelings that we otherwise have no way to express." To date, she has performed in 42 of the United States, as well as Canada, Bermuda, New Zealand and eight European countries. Frontczak divides the life of Eleanor Roosevelt into four “windows”: the Great Depression, World War II, her appearance at the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and a reflection across several decades.
The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.okhistory.org/historycenter.
The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.