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Niagara History Center remembers Day of Infamy

BY: Metro Source Staff | November 24, 2012

The Niagara County History Center is pleased to welcome back Albert McFadyen who will offer an all new portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, in the History Center Meeting Room, 215 Niagara St.

Through this special program entitled, “FDR: The Four Freedom Speech,” it is hoped that this momentous date in American History will not pass unobserved or unnoticed.

McFadyen’s presentation coincides with the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ensuing events, happenings and personalities of the Second World War will be brought into sharp focus for all to remember and reflect upon. The four freedoms espoused by FDR were freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

McFadyen will recite parts of that speech as well as parts of the famous Pearl Harbor war message.

McFadyen, who is 66, looks the part of FDR with his white hair, 1940s clothes, cigarette holder, FDR grin and his height of 6’ 2,” the same as Roosevelt.

He has played FDR at many locations including schools and theaters. McFadyen said he was most honored to have presented this program to a standing room only audience in 2006 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in FDR’s hometown of Hyde Park, on the Hudson.

Ken Burns, of PBS documentary fame, called on McFadyen to supply missing audio of Roosevelt’s voice in his, “Our National Parks: Our Best Idea.”

McFadyen is no stranger to the local stage, having appeared in many productions over the years at the Lancaster Opera House, the Palace Theater in Lockport, the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, the Katherine Cornell Theater at UB and at numerous other locations.

The History Center will not be charging admission for this free, public program, but is pleased to accept any donations that will assist the organization to present quality programming throughout the year.

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