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NIC offers presentation on the life of 18th century radical Thomas Paine

North Idaho College will offer a presentation on the life of 18th century radical Thomas Paine in celebration of his birthday Jan. 29. “An Evening with Tom” will cover Paine’s life in America, France and his native England at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall.
 
|photo1|Two local historians will present in clothing of the period, portraying Paine and his biographer during the presentation.
 
Early American historian Ken Burchell will portray Paine and regional historian and NIC instructor Robert Singletary will present as Moncure Conway, one of Paine’s biographers. During the presentation, Conway will introduce and interview Paine and the audience will be encouraged to participate.
 
Burchell holds a master’s degree in American history from the University of Idaho and has done extensive research into the life of Thomas Paine. He is president of the Thomas Paine Institute and served as a member, trustee and officer of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in early American history at the University of Idaho.
 
Singletary is well known in the area for his work on local and regional history. As a history instructor for NIC, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho, Singletary took interest in early American history and the influence of Thomas Paine on the American Revolution. Singletary has also worked extensively with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration.
 
The living history presentation is sponsored by NIC’s Molstead Library and is free and open to the public.
 
Information: (208) 769-3355.


For More Information
NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355

Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006

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