Walt Disney will be portrayed by James Froemel of Maidsville in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program at the Brooke County Public Libraries in the River Room, on May 26, 2022 at 7pm. The Friends of the Brooke County Public Library invite all to attend their free Annual Spring Event. A brief Friends Meeting will be held followed by the program.
Though his name has become synonymous with the monumentally successful company he created, a young Walt Disney struggled to create an animation company in Chicago, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri before moving to Los Angeles, California in 1923. After losing the rights to some of his early animated characters, he finally struck Hollywood gold with the creation of Mickey Mouse and received Academy Awards for two short films in the late 1920s and early 1930s. His ambitions in animation were finally realized with the 1937 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which became, in its day, the highest grossing sound film of all time.
Walt Disney is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.
Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched the writings, speeches and biographies of the characters they portray and whenever possible, use their original words.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians. For 40 years the Council has been providing educational programs in the humanities across the state.
This program is available to both non-profit and for-profit groups.For more information call the West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit www.wvhumanities.org. Friends are asking that patrons register to give us a better plan for the light refreshments that will be provided. Registration is already open and can be found at https://www.brookecountylibs.org/programming-registration or by calling 304-737-1551/304-527-0860.