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Sep 20, 2022

How do you come up with a “voice” for a historic figure who has been dead for more than 150 years, and who lived before sound recordings? What if the character was taller than you? Where do you find appropriate clothing and props when recreating a famous person from the 19th century? And why would a classically-trained performer decide to devote his career to reenacting historic figures?

Those are among the topics that Hoosier History Live will explore with acclaimed, Indiana-based historic reenactor Danny Russel, who is well known for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley and frontiersman Daniel Boone. Danny will join Nelson for a show that “pulls back the curtain” on historic reenactors, including insights about how they develop their characters who, as in Danny’s case, have appeared at festivals, schools, museums, bicentennial galas, historic homes, parks and an array of other sites and events across the country.