R.J. Lindsey to portray James Henry Breasted

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The opportunity to meet James Henry Breasted, Rockford’s illustrious native son, will be the basis of a persona presentation by R.J. Lindsey at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Egyptologist, archaeologist, scholar, translator, textbook author, and founder of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Breasted was also an extraordinary visionary, fund-raiser and advocate for archaeology. The presentation will include his recollections of Rockford, his views of some of his contemporaries, and his descriptions of life on a dig in the early 20th century.

American history comes to life in the hands of historical dramatist R.J. Lindsey. Through extensive research, meticulous attention to detail, and the use only of documented speeches, letters and anecdotes, vivid living portraits emerge. His experiences as teacher, researcher and actor have contributed to the success of Lindsey’s living history programs, seen from Jerusalem to London to the Democratic National Convention.

Lindsey holds an M.A. from Illinois State University and is a member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

The lecture is titled “Excerpts From a Fascinating Life” and will be held in the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. The lecture is presented by The Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Society, in collaboration with The Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Classics Department of Rockford College. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Classics Department at Rockford College, 226-4027.

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