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Rushmore Four performances at the Oklahoma History Center
November 16, 2022, 2 p.m.
One event on November 16, 2022 at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, November 16, the Rushmore Four, a program featuring the presidents who appear on Mount Rushmore, will be returning to the Oklahoma History Center! Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is no charge for the 2 p.m. performance, however, patrons are required to preregister. Admission for the evening performance is $10 for OHS members and $20 for nonmembers.
This program is an education-focused event partially sponsored by Inasmuch Foundation and coincides with the 17th anniversary of the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, as well as the 115th anniversary of Oklahoma Statehood Day on November 16, 1907.
About the Rushmore Four
George Washington will be portrayed by Dan Shippey. Shippey is the founder and director of the Breed’s Hill Institute, an educational non-profit focused on teaching the history of American Liberty. He has worked in commercial film and theater in roles including writer, director and actor. In recent years Shippey acted as historical consultant to Ian Kahn, who portrayed George Washington on AMC’s “TURN.”
Professional actor and theater director Bill Barker has been portraying Thomas Jefferson since 1983 when he was invited to interpret the author of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. He has depicted Jefferson on television, in film and at locations including Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the University of Virginia, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives, the Newseum and the Palace of Versailles. Barker is featured throughout the year as Jefferson in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Fritz Klein of Springfield, Illinois, has been an actor and speaker for many years. He was first asked to portray Abraham Lincoln for a small, local celebration during the bicentennial year. Now a full-time actor and a member of the National Speakers Association, he has had the opportunity to travel the world portraying Lincoln on stage, in feature films, documentaries and for professional speaking engagements.
Gib Young is a businessman from Huntington, Indiana, and has played many roles in local theater productions. He is also an avid American history buff. After a lifetime of being asked, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Theodore Roosevelt?” Young decided to take on the role professionally. He truly admires the 26th president and wishes he had the zest and energy for life that Roosevelt displayed every day.