Fenton Announces Speaker For 50th Anniversary Gala

The Fenton History Center turns 50 years old on May 22. The center will be celebrating with a “Taste of ’63” Gala on May 22 at the Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center on West Third Street in Jamestown. The evening will be filled with music, fun and memories from the center’s past 50 years focusing on the initial year of 1963.

“This is going to be a great evening for Jamestown. Past trustees, members and friends of the Fenton History Center are welcome to come and enjoy each other’s company, see the center’s accomplishments and be part of the Fenton’s future,” said Richard Lundquist, Fenton History Center board of trustees’ president. “We are very excited to bring Professor Richard Aquila to Jamestown to speak.”

His topic for the evening will be “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes: Memories of 1963 through Rock & Roll.”

Aquila is a professor of history and the former director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State University-Erie. He specializes in U.S. social and cultural history, particularly the American West, American Indians, popular culture and recent America.

His publications include numerous articles and five books: The Iroquois Restoration; That Old Time Rock & Roll; Wanted Dead or Alive: the American West in Popular Culture; Home Front Soldier: The Story of a G.I. and His Italian American Family During World War II; and The Sagebrush Trail: A Cultural History of Western Movies in the 20th Century (forthcoming).

Aquila has also written and hosted numerous documentaries on public radio. His weekly radio show, Rock & Roll America, was syndicated on NPR and NPR Worldwide. He recently completed a book manuscript entitled American Beat: The Story of Rock & Roll’s Birth.

Cost for the event is $35 per person. For more information and to sign up to attend, call 664-6256.