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Urban's 'Founders' Days' to be staged April 19

A play by long-time Monmouth College history professor William Urban will be performed as a readers’ theater presentation on April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Historical Society and Museum, 238 S. Sunnylane, Monmouth.

“Founders’ Days,” which chronicles the early trials and tribulations of the founding of Monmouth College, was first staged in 2003 as part of the college’s sesquicentennial festivities. The Lee L. Morgan Professor of History and International Studies at Monmouth, Urban is also the author of “A History of Monmouth College Through Its Fifth Quarter-Century,” published in 1979.

The production, which is being directed by professor emeritus Jim De Young, includes a musical component consisting of traditional Monmouth College songs, period music and popular hymns. Dane Feenstra, a 2011 Monmouth graduate who has remained on campus as a post-baccalaureate fellow, is the song leader.

The cast for the three-act play, which centers around the period of the college’s history from 1852 to about 1870, features current faculty members Urban, Jeff Roegner and Ira Smolensky. Also in the cast are Feenstra, students Zach Gillengerten, Kaitlyn Pfau and Rebecca Riggs, retired staff member Dutch Saettler and Lanae Hoffman.