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News from the North Lake County Public Library

POLSON — On Friday, May 10, from 1–2 p.m. at North Lake County Public Library, Mission Valley Live will present “Roosevelt - The Man in the Arena ... being a celebration of the Life, the acts and the exuberant excellence of Theodore Roosevelt.”

The Man in The Arena is a celebration of Theodore Roosevelt – the essential American. Owen Wister, who knew him well, called him “the most American American who ever lived!”

Seating will be limited, so please come, and get your free ticket at the library. 

He is famous for what was supposedly his favorite saying: “Speak softly and carry a Big Stick!” In fact, his favorite saying was “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” He loved power, and he used power like no president before or since, not even Lincoln in wartime – but always with a profound sense of responsibility. He fought hard for regular people, he held out for high ideals, and he never preached anything he didn’t practice. That was the example he left us with. His courage, his honesty, his character, his energy, and his profound vision for America are beacons shining through the ages. At his best, he showed us what we can be at our best and taught us what it means to be Americans.

Derek Evans is a professional actor and scholar who has spent a career of almost 40 years engaged in educational presentations for schools, museums, and libraries. He has conservatory training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and at New York University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. He is a veteran of over 40 stage productions in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco.


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