Free event Sunday

      Glimpse the life of Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in a portrayal by Jeffrey Smith, Ph. D., professor of history at Lindenwood University in Missouri. The Chautauqua-like, one-man performance will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Building 120 North Ash Street in Crookston (the former library).

    Admission is free.

    The performance, sponsored by the Academic Success Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston and the Polk County Historical Society, is intended to promote study abroad to Scotland and Ireland and bring campus and community together. A second performance will take place on Monday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Library Building in Thief River Falls.

    For more information, contact Stacie Varnson at 281-8555 or Kristina Gray at 281-8256.

    Industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie built more than 2,500 libraries including libraries in the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, and others. The Carnegie Library in Crookston opened its doors to the public in 1908 and it served the community and region until 1984 when a new library was constructed adjacent to the Carnegie Building.

     Smith is also editor of The Confluence, a peer-reviewed regional studies journal published by the Lindenwood University Press.  

    Smith has portrayed Andrew Carnegie in more than 150 venues including Cambridge University in England, Carnegie libraries, universities, and public programs. He and his wife Kris live in St. Louis. He has worked for more than a decade offering first-person portrayals of Carnegie and other historical figures such as William Clark, George Washington, and P.T. Barnum of diverse audiences.