Hail to the chief: ‘Teddy Roosevelt’ coming to event in Warren

WARREN — One of America’s most famous and liveliest presidents will live again, thanks to Gene Worthington, who will share the views of Theodore Roosevelt with visitors to Ohio Chautauqua in downtown Warren.

Roosevelt, who was often referred to as “Teddy” or “TR,” in addition to being the 26th president of the United States, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist and reformer. He lived from 1858 to 1919.

Worthington, who has portrayed the former president for at least 17 years, said Roosevelt’s varied career coupled with his boisterous attitude and outspoken opinions is what make him interesting for modern audiences.

“He (Roosevelt) was explosive. When he was in the room, he was in the room,” Worthington said. “His daughters said he wanted to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.”

One of Roosevelt’s most notable traits was his desire to preserve nature, something that helps Worthington make Roosevelt’s policies as president relevant to modern audiences. In the early 1900s, Roosevelt said the United States was the worst country for pollution and wanted to curb man’s effect on the environment.

“There’s so much of the stuff in the present day going on back then,” Worthington said. “Polluting of the water, destroying species, there’s a lot of things happening then and happening now that haven’t changed.”

Worthington will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The free weeklong event starting Tuesday has other performances by historical scholars portraying physicist and chemist Marie Curie; American Indian leader Chief Cornstalk; author Mary Shelley; and zoologist and author of “Gorillas in the Mist” Dian Fossey. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. under the Ohio Chautauqua tent at 303 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Worthington will also do daytime programs for kids and adults.

The kids program “Exploring the Natural World,” will capitalize on Roosevelt’s love of nature and his tendency to keep nature journals by taking kids on hikes and offering them the chance to make journals of their own. The program will be 10 a.m. Tuesday under the Ohio Chautauqua tent.

For the adults program, “Presidential Firsts,” Worthington will look at not just Roosevelt, but also just about every past president and what made each individual unique. The program will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Ohio Chautauqua is hosted by the Tribune Chronicle and the library, in partnership with Trumbull 100 and the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, with support from the Warren Library Association.


Ohio Chautauqua in Warren

• Tuesday

10 a.m. — “Exploring the Natural World” by Gene Worthington under the Chautauqua tent, 303 Mahoning Ave. NW

2 p.m. — “How the ‘Skin Trade’ Changed Traditional Native Values” by Dan Cutler at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW

6:30 p.m. — Bill Lewis, banjo, under the tent

7:30 p.m. — Marie Curie performance under the tent

• Wednesday

2 p.m. — “Does a Clone Have a Soul? Grappling with the Monster” by Susan Marie Frontczak at the library

6:30 p.m. — Karen Lynn Barker, violin and fiddle, under the tent

7:30 p.m. — Chief Cornstalk performance under the tent

• Thursday

10 a.m. — “Treasure the Earth’s Magic” by Frontczak at the library

2 p.m. — “Dian Fossey, Passionate Mountain Gorilla Researcher and Defender: The Darker Side of Wildlife Conservation” by Dianne Moran at the library

6:30 p.m. — Charlie Mosbrook, original and traditional folk music, under the tent

7:30 p.m. — Mary Shelley performance under the tent

• Friday

10 a.m. — “Young Scientists” by Frontczak at the library

2 p.m. — “Presidential Firsts” by Worthington at the library

6:30 p.m. — Stephen Foster Chorus, barbershop music, under the tent

7:30 p.m. — Dian Fossey performance under the tent

• Saturday

11 a.m. — “Animal Researchers” by Moran at the library

2 p.m. — “Marie Curie: What Almost Stopped Her” by Frontczak at the library

6:30 p.m. — Matthew Ball, boogie woogie piano jazz, under the tent

7:30 p.m. — Theodore Roosevelt performance under the tent