President Truman Comes to Life at BGSU Firelands ElderCollege Kickoff

Huron, Ohio – President Harry S. Truman will be brought to life on stage during a dramatic and entertaining reenactment at the ElderCollege fall kickoff on Sept. 7 at Bowling Green State University Firelands College.

Ken Hammontree, the founder of Living History Productions, will play the role of Truman and provide a historical foundation for the life and actions of the well-respected former president.

“My favorite part about Harry, besides ‘the buck stops here’ and his no nonsense attitude, was that his middle initial didn’t stand for anything,” said Hammontree.  “But ‘Give ‘em Hell Harry’ managed to stand for a lot, including truth in advertising – he told it like it was.”

Hammontree is listed in the National Directory of Chautauqua Performers and he has portrayed more than 28 famous historical characters, including several presidents, Paul Revere, Chief Tecumseh and Johnny Appleseed.

Last March, Hammontree opened the spring season of EdlerCollege with a highly-praised portrayal of General Dwight D. Eisenhower covering the days leading up to World War II’s Operation Overlord, more commonly known as the “D-Day Invasion” of France.   

The kickoff of the fall season is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands. The event is free and open to the public.

ElderCollege is an independent organization supported by BGSU Firelands. With more than 150 members, it is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty-three classes are planned for fall semester. Topics range from local and national history to wine tastings and tours and computer related issues and cyber wars.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 per year, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period.  Non-members also can participate and pay a minimal fee per class – typically between $20 – $40. 

For more information about the ElderCollege fall kick-off, contact Lori Peugeot in the Office for Educational Outreach at 419-433-5560, ext. 20617 or by email at