Harriet Tubman at Hoover Library
News · May 03, 2013

On Saturday, May 4, Kathryn Harris will perform her one-woman presentation, “Harriet Tubman,” at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.

Linking the past with the present, Kathryn Harris slips into the persona of the former slave who, after winning her own freedom, became a conductor on the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s.

In numerous trips back into the South, Harriet Tubman helped more than 300 slaves, including her own parents, escape to the North. After the Civil War broke out, she worked for the Union as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy.

Harris has been telling the amazing story of Tubman’s faith, determination and courage for eight years. A director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill., which is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, she originally was asked to put together a program for local elementary schools.

Since that time, Harris has refined the program and now performs it about 30 times each year. “At the beginning, it took me six months to prepare the presentation,” she said.

“I pretty much read every book that we had in the library on Harriet Tubman.”

In addition to schools, she performs at churches, colleges, and for civic and service groups.

The program consists of a 20-minute monologue with the remainder of the time devoted to questions from the audience, which are answered in character.

There is no charge to attend this show. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information call 319-643-5301 or visit the website at

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