The SCC Bookmobile’s next living-history program features a program on Katharine Drexel on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in partnership with American Historical Theatre (AHT).
Sponsored by the Friends of the SCC Bookmobile Library, this family-friendly, free event will be held in Donaghay Hall, Room 106, on Salem Community College’s campus at 460 Hollywood Ave. Guests should park in Lot D and enter through the double doors facing the parking lot.
Rene Goodwin -- a professional actor, writer, songwriter, vocalist and voice teacher – will portray Drexel who died in 1955 at age 96. According to AHT, during a family trip in the western United States in 1884, Katharine Drexel saw the plight and destitution of the Native Americans and decided to help. That is when she began her lifelong personal and financial commitment to help Native Americans and African Americans.
In a private audience with Pope Leo XIII in 1887 he suggested to Katharine that she become a missionary although she had already received proposals of marriage. Over the next 60 years, she touched the lives of millions by her commitment of her life and her material wealth. In 2000 she was canonized.
Funding for the program is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through Salem County Board of Freeholders and Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
For more information, contact Bookmobile Library Coordinator Margaret Masserini at (856) 351-2830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.