44 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-5937.
Although he was not the first President to have a bathtub in the White House, many people are aware that the 300-plus pound William Howard Taft was the first who needed to be extricated from the tub! But what else do you know about Presidential firsts and unusual facts? On Monday, February 10, at 7.30PM at the Meeting House, 31 Main Street, you will have a chance to learn what President did what in a Newtown Historical Society program entitled "The President Did What?!", presented by Bob Berthelson. Abraham Lincoln was our first bearded President and the story of the young girl who suggested growing is a well established part of history, but who was our last bearded President? The sons of two Presidents later held the office themselves, along with a President's grandson, but what President holds the record for family connections, being related by blood or marriage to eleven other Presidents? Part of the structure of the republic is to ensure that the commander in chief of the military is a civilian, but in one case the President took active command; find out who, along with the details. The office of President has been filled by 44 dedicated men. A study of their lives before, during and after their terms of office reveals many interesting and startling facts. Whatever our opinions of them we can all agree that they have all been quite "human." Bob Berthelson has had a life long interest in American history and nostalgia. Since 1965 he has presented programs to over 2,200 audiences including libraries, historical societies, schools and other organizations, and has appeared several times at Newtown Historical Society events. Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Because of the ongoing restoration work at the library, this program will be held at the Meeting House.Check the website for further information.