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Arts & Entertainment - February 5, 2021

Museum speaker series going virtual

Lady Bird Johnson will appear first, in March

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

After a year of postponements and cancellations, Museum on Main has scheduled the 2021 Ed Kinney Speaker Series to be held virtually.

Attendees will join a Zoom webinar for the presentations by Chautauqua scholars, who take the part of historic characters to tell about their lives. Each presentation will include a pre-recorded monologue, then, using the Zoom chat feature, members of the audience can ask questions to receive answers from the characters live.

"Although we know this format will not be the same as an in-person performance at the Firehouse, we hope you all will give it a chance and still join us for this virtual season," education director Sarah Schaefer said in a notice to patrons. "We would like to note that if we are able to be back in the Firehouse with a full audience before the end of the season, we will go back to the in-person performances."

Museum staff members have addressed logistical issues to make the move from in-person performances to virtual, and fuller explanations are available at

"We know this will be not be the same and it will be a challenging transition for some, but again, we hope you will give the virtual series a try," Schaefer said.

The schedule is as follows, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays:

* March 24 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Lady Bird Johnson

* April 14 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Gene Roddenberry

* May 26 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Che Guevara

* June 9 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Thomas Edison

* July 21 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Erma Bombeck

* Aug. 18 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Jacques Cousteau

* Sept. 15 — An Afternoon or Evening with... William Shakespeare

* Oct. 13 — An Afternoon or Evening with... Audie Murphy.

Tickets are $20, general admission; $15, seniors; $10, museum members, available at The link for each Zoom webinar will be emailed the day before the performance.


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