Thomas Jefferson highlights next Profiles and Perspectives

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

ARDMORE, Okla. — Not many events can boast a past president as a speaker, but the Noble Foundation 2013-2014 Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series will continue the season with a special presentation by President Thomas Jefferson (as portrayed by historic interpreter Bill Barker).

Barker’s presentation, “The Idea of America,” will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Ardmore Convention Center. The event is free of charge and open to the public. During his talk, Barker will speak about events in Revolutionary War-era America that demonstrate the relevance of our nation’s early history and how they relate to contemporary issues.

Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of settings for almost 30 years. Joining him, Bill White, Ph.D., will discuss the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s role as a center for history and citizenship, highlighting the foundation’s efforts to improve historical literacy.

“This will be a Profiles and Perspectives event unlike any we have had before,” said Mary Kate Wilson, Noble Foundation director of philanthropy, engagement and project management, and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives Committee. “Bill Barker’s ability to bring history literally to life is certain to provide an entertaining and educational evening for an audience of all ages.”

Sponsored by The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series began in 1998 as a way to benefit the area community through presentations by interesting and unique speakers. This season has included presentations by professional photographer Joel Sartore; author Jayson Lusk; and Oklahoma’s top-rated television meteorologist Gary England.

“It has been a tremendous season already, and I’m certain Bill Barker will be nothing less than spectacular,” Wilson said.

For more information on the Noble Foundation’s Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series, please visit

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