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Peru State to host Constitution Day production at Peru State Monday, Sept. 17


(Peru, Neb.) In honor of Constitution Day, historical “edutainer” Darrel Draper will present a first person portrayal of America’s 26th President Theodore Roosevelt at Peru State College (PSC) at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 in the Jindra Fine Arts Building’s Black Box Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

Draper, an Auburn native, spent 30 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. During his military career, Draper was awarded more than 21 personal and unit campaign decorations, including the Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal for onshore and offshore combat service in Vietnam, Lebanon, Liberia and the Persian Gulf. He retired in 1997 from the United States Strategic Command as a Navy Lieutenant Commander.

For more than 12 years, Draper has been educating and entertaining others as a storyteller and actor, performing for congressmen, governors, corporate and military meetings, and even the President of Mexico. Draper is the most requested performer of the 200 scholars, authors and historians in the Nebraska Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau - the largest of its type in the nation. He has personally retraced thousands of miles of the Lewis and Clark Trail by canoe and on foot, and he is considered an expert on the history of the expedition. Draper has won 12 national awards, including the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Achievement Award.

History Professor and Phi Alpha Theta Advisor Dr. Sara Crook said, “We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Draper’s newest character development of Theodore Roosevelt to Peru State. We encourage our entire campus and surrounding communities to take advantage of this unique celebration of Constitution Day.”

Draper’s appearance is sponsored by Peru State’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

For more information, contact Crook at 402-872-2279 or