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A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington

presented by:

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Blue Ridge Public Television
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Satellite Educational Network

Program Cast

Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson:

Bill has enjoyed portraying Thomas Jefferson in a variety of settings over the past twenty years.  He joined The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in the spring of 1993 to perform as Jefferson in a film made to honor Ambassador and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg.  Bill has continued to appear as Jefferson in Colonial Williamsburg and assists in the development of further Jefferson programs for the Foundation.  He has performed as Jefferson in many different venues, including the White House, Poplar Forest and the Palace of Versailles .  He has participated in programs aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, The History Channel, and C-SPAN.  Publications which have featured Bill include Time, People, Southern Living and Reader’s Digest.  He has received commendations from The City of Philadelphia, The City of St. Louis, The City of New Orleans, and The Hellenic Ideals Foundation.  In September 2004 Bill was presented the Signey N. Stokes Award by the Jefferson Legacy Foundation.

William "Bill" Sommerfield as George Washington:

William “Bill” Sommerfield is the officially designated historical interpreter of George Washington. He is regularly seen performing and interacting with audiences at Washington ’s home at Mount Vernon and makes over 200 appearances each year throughout the fifty states and in Europe . Bill captivated audiences on NBC’s Eyewitness to History, The DC Bicentennial Celebration, Good Morning America , The Today Show, and A & E’s The Crossing.  He has appeared in Time Magazine and the New Yorker, and on the covers of USA Today, New York Times and the Times of London.  Bill and his wife, Pamela, are the founders of  The American Historical Theatre (formerly The Royal Pickwickians), a nonprofit corporation devoted to the dissemination of history in an entertaining yet educational manner.

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