Thadeus Stevens: The Man who went Toe-to-Toe with President Lincoln

Sunday, April 21, 2 pm

Thaddeus StevensThe Kansas Historical Society announced that Kaw Mission State Historic Site will present Thaddeus Stevens: The Man who went Toe-to-Toe with President Lincoln, by Steve Germes. The presentation is the second presentation of the Kaw Councils 2013 educational program series and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Kaw Mission, 500 N Mission Street, Council Grove.  Regular admission fees apply, adults-$3 children-$1.

In this presentation, Steve Germes, gives a convincing and passionate first person portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens (1792 - 1868).  Germes, as Stevens, takes us from the early years of his education, becoming a lawyer and delving into various business pursuits. We experience Stevens’ political life as a Pennsylvania legislator, member of the Anti-Masonic, Whig, and Republican parties while setting forth on a lifelong quest for freedom and equality.  A skilled orator, Stevens was an early advocate for the Emancipation Proclamation. He was tenacious in his dealings with President Lincoln initiating arguments and confrontations throughout their relationship.  They were two strong political figures with many differences of opinion and personality. Germes, as Stevens, guides us through numerous political issues demonstrating Stevens’ ability to go toe-to-toe with Lincoln.  Stevens is portrayed as an innovator who had an unyielding commitment to freedom and equal opportunity for all - a man who fervently believed that America should be a nation where individuals could rise to their potential unencumbered by race, class, or other constraints. Germes gives a thought provoking performance laced with Stevens' characteristic sarcastic humor.

Germes is a retired educator with a BA in History/Political Science from the College of Emporia, an MS from Emporia State University (ESU) in Political Science, post-graduate work in counseling at Kansas University (KU) and 39 years of experience teaching at the high school and community college levels. Selected as a "Master Teacher" by ESU in 1984 and a 2nd district runner-up for Kansas Teacher of the Year 2001, Germes went on to become a finalist for the Crystal Apple Award given by the Garden City Public School System. In 2005 he was selected by the Freeman Foundation to study and visit China and Japan as part of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia sponsored by KU.

For 40 years Germes has researched, developed, and presented more than a dozen different historical characters performing first-person portrayals in Kansas, Oregon, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Las Vegas, Nevada, for the National Council for Social Studies.  Today, Germes performs for schools, civic organizations, churches, senior citizen groups, private businesses, and historical associations.  Currently he performs as a volunteer reenactor with the Lecompton Reenactors of the Lecompton Historical Society.  Germes and wife, Suzanne, live in Topeka.

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