Public Invited to See Eleanor Roosevelt Impersonator at Museum 

4/12/2012 
National Churchill Museum 

Eleanor Roosevelt ImpersonatorCentral Missouri audiences will have the opportunity to see an Eleanor Roosevelt impersonator at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24.

Admission is free for the event.  Reservations are appreciated.

Impersonator Jessica Michna will share the tragedies and triumphs of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt through her anecdotal dramatic presentation entitled “First Lady of the World.”  She will take questions following the program.

Born into the opulent wealth of America’s “Golden Age,” Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident driven woman.  Beset by personal tragedy, she would emerge as a champion of civil rights, an author, a political leader and a humanitarian.

“In this presentation, we see the Eleanor Roosevelt that had evolved in 1948 after living through the Second World War as First Lady and losing her husband President Franklin Roosevelt,” says Mandy Plybon, Education & Public Programs Coordinator for the National Churchill Museum.  “History truly comes to life through the humorous and emotional personal anecdotes that Jessica shares.  I would encourage people to attend this fascinating program which takes us back to a time when many significant events were taking place in America that changed our lives forever.”

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica Michna developed a love of history at an early age, visiting the many Revolutionary and Civil War sites in the area.  During her high school years, she appeared in theatrical productions and designed and constructed costumes.  Although she was offered a scholarship to the Goodman School of Theatre in Chicago, her theatrical aspirations were put on hold while she raised a family of four daughters.

She earned a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and worked several years as a research and teaching assistant.  After several years in the healthcare field, she returned to her great loves of history and theatre, starting a program called “First Impressions” to impersonate great ladies from history. 

After almost two years of research, script writing, costume construction and endless rehearsals, she brought Mary Todd Lincoln to life to her audiences.  This was followed by Eleanor Roosevelt in 2005 and Abigail Adams in 2008.

She has entertained groups throughout America, including guests from New Zealand, Japan and Brazil.  She has appeared before historical societies, schools, libraries, living history museums, senior centers, churches and even been guest hostess at parties.

Michna lives in Racine, WI, with her husband Michael.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

More information on the program and reservations can be obtained by contacting Mandy Plybon, Education & Public Programs Coordinator for the National Churchill Museum at 573-592-6242 or by e-mailing mandy.plybon@churchillmemorial.org