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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Bartholomew County Public Library Community Book Read goes back in time next week with impersonators of prominent figures from the Revolutionary War.

Indianapolis-based impersonator Frank Watson will bring Benjamin Franklin to life, while Barbara McNamara will portray his fictional assistant Goodye Watson, at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 2. In his role as Benjamin Franklin, Watson will address people interested in coming to America, including Thomas Paine and Marquis de Lafayette. As Goodye Watson, McNamara will cover the role of women during the Revolutionary War, and include insights from Abigail Adams and other women.

Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by retired IUPUI professor David Best will swing by the Library on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson, which will explore pivotal events in his life, as well as his role in the writing the Declaration of Independence.

Book read selections this year are the U.S. Constitution and Thomas Paine's Common Sense. Both programs are funded by the Bartholomew County Library Associates.

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