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American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace

Event Details

April 30, 2019 7:00 PM
Location: Wallace House
756 16th Street
Des Moines, IA
Contact Name: Ann Taylor
Email: anntaylor@wallace.org
Phone: 515.243.7063
Website: https://wallace.org/special-events/

Event Description

Tom Milligan will portray Iowa native Henry A. Wallace during his performance of “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace”. The one-act play is based on the award-winning book of the same name by Senator John C. Culver and John Hyde. Admission is $20 per person.

Named “Most Influential Iowan of the 20th Century” by the Des Moines Register in 1999, the impact of Henry A. Wallace’s work is still felt today. Wallace, an agricultural innovator and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Corn Company, also became US Secretary of Agriculture, Vice President and US Secretary of Commerce under Franklin Roosevelt. After his 1948 presidential campaign defeat as a Progressive Party candidate, Wallace retired to his farm in New York State to continue his agricultural research. Despite the highs and lows of his political career, Wallace always held out a vision for the future.

After the 45 minute performance, audience members can talk with Milligan and view Henry A. Wallace artifacts on display, including a copy of the famous portrait by Grant Wood used on the cover of “American Dreamer”. A dessert buffet will be served. Because seating is limited, reservations are suggested by calling 515.243.7063. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call in advance.

Performer Tom Milligan has spent 45 years as a working theater artist in Iowa. As an actor, director, scenic designer and producer, his work has been seen throughout the Midwest, especially at the Des Moines Playhouse, Ingersoll Dinner Theater, The Drake Opera Theater, Hoyt Sherman Place, The Drama Workshop and other venues in the Des Moines area. In 2005 he moved to the Amana Colonies, working on multiple productions at the Old Creamery Theater and the Iowa Theater Artists Company, plus many self-produced productions.