Living history performance to bring founder of Red Cross to life |

Living history performance to bring founder of Red Cross to life

Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, shares her "first-person" story as presented by Susan Marie Frontczak Saturday.
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Learn firsthand in the first person about Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, as presented by Susan Marie Frontczak, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

Hear Barton’s tribute to the soldiers who serve in our armed forces and their families. Find out how she worked her way through government red tape both to care for the wounded on the Civil War battlefield and years later to convince the United States government to bring the Red Cross to America. Her fortitude under fire and dedication to the cause of humanity stand as a role model for all time.

This is a fundraiser for the the American Red Cross and UUCM. Admission is $12, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets available at the door. No reservations required.

In her youth, SFrontczak didn’t like history. She loved math and science, and majored in Engineering in college. History was boring. It’s not that she didn’t like stories. As a child, she reveled in the tales her parents invented or read at bedtime. She and her sister Emily recruited talent from throughout the neighborhood to mount their own homespun productions of Sleeping Beauty, Johnny Appleseed, and other traditional favorites. As a teen she won juvenile roles in adult productions at the local community theater in southeast Michigan. As a senior in high school she wrote and produced a one-act “Reality and Other Useless Things,” and as a young adult helped found a community theater in Loveland Colorado.

Then life took a turn. Following a move across the country, community theater was no longer available. Meanwhile, friends urged Susan Marie, “Tell us that fire engine story again.” or “Tell us that teddy bear story.” When she got tired of the fire engine story and the teddy bear story, she tried a new one. A repertoire gradually grew. A storytelling hobby was born.

Five years into her new storytelling career, Susan Marie began developing and presenting Living History characters, giving her a chance to indulge in historical research even more. Her roster now includes scientist Marie Curie, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, author Mary Shelley, dancer Irene Castle, and most recently patriot, humanitarian, and nurse Clara Barton.

Visit or call 530-263-1001 for more information.

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