As the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor (Roosevelt) Roosevelt was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, and the civil rights of African Americans, Asian Americans and the rights of WWII refugees She became one of the first delegates to the United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt is considered one of the most admired individual of the 20th century.
According to the website of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace & Museum in Adams, MA, “Actor Sheryl Faye recently provided a superb experience for the patrons of the Susan B. Anthony Museum in portraying Eleanor Roosevelt in such a manner that truly brought her and her passions alive to the audience. She was engaging and spectacular. Her professionalism and research was evident through her interpretation. Notable about her performance was that she humanized Mrs. Roosevelt, by bringing the viewer through the stages of her life, and was still able to capture the strength and courage of Eleanor, which made her the ‘First Lady of the World.'”
Growing up on the Cape, performer Sheryl Faye expressed an interest in acting and performing at an early age. Encouraged by her family to pursue her passion, she received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College. Since then, she has traveled the country to work as a full-time actress. She currently stars in eight one-woman shows highlighting significant historical figures, bringing her portrayals to different schools for enrichment programs, libraries, senior centers and historical societies across New England She also writes and performs with the Boston-based Stagecoach Improv.
On Thursday night, September 13th, the Museum doors open at 6:45 p.m., for an opportunity to explore the Museum. There will be a brief business meeting at 7:00 p.m. followed by the introduction of “Mrs. Roosevelt.” As always, the program is free and open to the public. However, we do encourage patrons to purchase a Stoneham Historical Society & Museum membership or make a donation. As a nonprofit organization, yearly membership fees allow us to provide a wide array of historical programming to the residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities.
The SHSM is located at 36 William Street, Stoneham and ample parking is located directly across the street from the Museum.