Histroy Art Play Series - Captain Henry Detweiller; Steamboats in Union Victory!

Friday, Jun 11, 2021 at 7:30pm

Boston, MA 02108

$10 – $25

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Travel in time with Brian "Fox" Ellis, Living Historian and Founder of Fox Tales International; in a solo performance-- Captain Henry Detweiller on The Role of Steamboats in the Union Victory! Fox enlivens Henry Detweiller: Riverboat Captain and friend to Abraham Lincoln, who ran top secret missions during the American Civil War. Though he came to America when 12 years of age with naught but hope in his pocket, Detweiller achieved multi-millionaire status. Join us for Pay-Per-HAP Episode #49, produced by History At Play™, LLC (HAP, LLC), as we livestream direct to you!

Recording viewable for 48 hours! Tickets purchased prior to 6:00 PM ET on Friday June 11th gain access to the Livestream; purchases made after that time are admitted at the Host's discretion. All patrons receive a link to view the recording on Vimeo, available for 48 hours, starting at 12:05 AM after the livestream. All patrons receive a Digital Playbill and access to BONUS MATERIALS following the program.

In this Livestream Episodic Series, Pay-Per-HAP introduces audiences to a personal friend of President Abraham Lincoln and a direct rival of Mark Twain; Steamboat Captain Henry Detweiller. Storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis immerses the audience in the vital, though unsung role of steamboats in the American Civil War. From the horrors of Shiloh, to the siege of Vicksburg, Captain Detweiller shares an eyewitness account. Detweiller delivered troops and supplies throughout the war effort and shares a unique voice in an integral chapter of American History. The program commences and is completed with rollicking songs from the era, woven in with original music. Beginning with Detweiller’s immigration to the United States at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, we follow Detweiller throughout his training to become a steamboat captain, as he reminisces on an early friendship with a circuit riding lawyer, who would ultimately become one of the most notable presidents in American History. Quoting passages from Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, intertwined with excerpts from the Captain’s personal riverboat log, viewers gain a perspective on the influential and often forgotten role of steamboats in the Union!

Brian "Fox" Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. For more than 25 years, he has been the Riverlorian for the Spirit of Peoria. Fox has performed on the Delta Queen, American Queen, and Belle of Louisville and for The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; The Field Museum; and dozens of other institutions. Fox is the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre; a unique company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre productions. He has hosted, produced, researched, and written several documentaries for PBS and recently launched a podcast Fox Tales International. He is the author of more than 2 dozen books, including: the critically acclaimed Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) and Fox Tales Folklore, a series of folktales, along with a series of Chautauqua-style autobiographies. Many of his stories are available on his YouTube channel Fox Tales International.

Running time: Approx. 50 minutes, followed by real-time audience Q&A and BONUS MATERIALS. Episodes are viewable for 48 hours after livestream. This program is appropriate for all ages.

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