Women’s history, trolley cars focus for upcoming DCHS eventsObserving Women’s History Month in March, our next History Theatre production presents “Waiting For MacArthur,” an original play by P. Paullette MacDougal.
By: By Kathy Laakso, Superior Telegram
Observing Women’s History Month in March, our next History Theatre production presents “Waiting For MacArthur,” an original play by P. Paullette MacDougal. Seventy years ago, and six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, General Douglas MacArthur’s base of operations on Corregidor Island in the Pacific was under daily attack and the fort’s hospital and operations room were moved into an underground tunnel. When it looked like the Allies could no longer defend the island, MacArthur left with his family promising, “I shall return.” It was years three before he did. The play describes the experience of that wait through letters of a young U.S. army nurse. The four women in the cast are Jennie Ross, Molly McFarlane, Cheri Tesarek and Jen Dobbins. P. Paullette MacDougal, originally from Wautoma Wis., is artistic director of Paradox Players in Austin Texas. Her plays have been staged widely in the United States and throughout the English-speaking world. DCHS’s performance is the first in her native state. The award-winning playwright and filmmaker says “Waiting for MacArthur,” was written out of her experience as a very small child waiting for her dad to come home from the army during WWII. In fact, many of the characters in the play are based on family members and their experiences. MacDougal, who is currently writing a play about the Civil War, finds history a favorite topic. “History is rich with stories of heroism and courage that can inspire us to be better people ourselves.”
The play, sponsored by Superior Choice Credit Union, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are $10 and on sale now at DCHS. Tickets sold at the door are $12.
Our final History Sunday of the 2011-2112 series will take us for a ride back in history when trolley cars were such an important transportation in the Twin Ports. Aaron Isaacs, a Twin Cities author who loves trolley cars and who is completing his new book, “Twin Ports by Trolley,” will join us at DCHS on March 11 to present “Take a Trolley Downtown.” Aaron works at the Minnesota Street Car Museum, and edits their magazine. He has previously published a book on trolleys in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We thank the Superior Rotary Club for a grant that made this History Sunday possible.
DCHS’ Adopt-A-Day program is still going strong and into a new year. For $100, you can “adopt a day” in your name, as tribute to or memorial for a loved one, or in honor of an event this year. This will help DCHS continue its mission and ensure that we are here to serve citizens of Douglas County.
The DCHS museum shop always has a few good reads to carry you through the last stage of winter. Try “Frontier Village: The Birth of Superior, 1853-1883 or Wisconsin Far Northwest.” Or, if you are doing some Superior genealogy research, pick up a copy of “Pioneers of Superior, WI.” You can also find enlarged photo prints and DCHS sweatshirts.
The Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave., can be reached at email@example.com or (715) 392-8449.