LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Winter Park, Florida
Letter dated ???, 2013
Have you been considering bringing Thomas Jefferson (aka Dale
Reynolds) to your organization to talk about his life and accomplishments? If so, do so immediately, and you will be very glad you did!
Mr. Reynolds packed the room at the Winter Park Public Library with people representing all ages – from 8 to 80. His presentation is most engaging, so much so that those present forgot he really wasn't President Jefferson! He showed a vast knowledge of the intimate details of this great President’s life, and shared them with a wonderful sense of humor.
Ouestions from the enthusiastic audience kept coming, even from the younger generations, and Mr. Jefferson was most open to talking about controversial personal, historical and politcal issues of his life and times.
Dale Reynolds’s costume, from silver buckles on his shoes to rufﬂed jabot at his neck, added to the realism in bringing to life one of America's most famous Presidents and one of the world's most substantive contributors to freedom, expression and fair government.
Linda Hayes Gallegos, Education Specialist
Winter Park Public Library
MOUNT ST. MARY'S COLLEGE
Los Angeles, California
Letter dated October 28th, 2013
I teach history at Mount St. Mary’s College, and last month we had the delightful experience of experiencing Mr. Dale Reynolds’ performance as Thomas Jefferson for a roomful of our undergraduates, in his one-person show, “The Man from Monticello.” To say he was a sensation is to put it mildly; students are still emailing me about how much they 1) enjoyed it and 2) learned about Thomas Jefferson from him.
Mr. Reynolds is a consummate actor and improviser in the sense that he answers any student’s question based on his long study of Jefferson’s writings and life. In full 18th Century costume, he opens with an introduction on the Declaration of Independence and then allows the students to ask him anything from his views on liberty to the always prickly issues surrounding slavery and his slave, Sally Hemings. He fields all queries with historical precision and aplomb. For an hour we were truly transported back to 1776 in the presence of a politically brilliant, albeit personally conflicted, Virginia gentleman, who, more than any other, helped to construct the beginnings of our Democratic Republic.
If you are looking for a wonderfully educational addition to a class as a stand-alone performance, I urge you to invite Dale Reynolds’, “Thomas Jefferson, The Man from Monticello,” and your event will be a resounding success. I guarantee it.
Very truly yours,
Jane Crawford. Ph.D., Faculty, History Department
HAYES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Las Vegas, Nevada
Letter dated May 23rd, 2013
This missive will introduce Mr. Dale Reynolds, Thomas Jefferson Presenter, who in visiting classrooms throughout the Las Vegas valley brought the founding history of the United States of America back to vigorous and immediate life. Mr. Reynolds portrays Mr. Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, first Secretary of State, second Vice President, and third President as one of the leading men in all the controversies that accompanied the birth of this nation.
As Jefferson, Mr. Reynolds discusses in detail his part on the committee that was charged with producing the document enumerating our reasons for sundering our political ties with Great Britain. But he does more than that. He gladly discussed his personal life as the master of Monticello, his iconic home, and his exhaustive writings on everything from the manners and morals of Virginia and that great state’s place in the United States. He will not shirk from a discussion on the sensitive issue of slavery and himself as a slave owner. He may mention his part in attempting to halt the spread of slavery into any new states entering the Union after the Revolution, as author of the little known 1784 Territorial Governance Act which called for a restriction on slavery to all new states entering the union. The act was defeated by a single vote, but its language would emerge again in the 13th Amendment, forever proscribing slavery in the United States.
History, our history, truly comes alive when Mr. Reynolds, in complete 18th Century attire, strides into a classroom causing gasps of astonishment from our impressionable students as he draws from his pocket a stained and weathered copy of the Declaration itself. A day with Mr. Jefferson is one our students will not forget and one which may engender in them a desire to further their knowledge of the history of this country, and ascertain where we have been and where we are going.
As educators, it is our objective to engage our students in activities that will inspire them to aspire to higher and greater academic achievement. A day with Mr. Jefferson fulfills that objective. I hope you seize the opportunity that his presentation provides.
Kevin P. Lord, GATE Specialist
ATHEIST ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
Letter dated April 12th, 2005
"This is to thank you again for your wonderful performance at our convention March 27th. I have heard many favorable comments from our members. "As you know, many of our people know quite a bit about Thomas Jefferson, and it takes some expertise to impress them, but you did, not only with your vast store of information and your insight, but with your honest relating of that knowledge, recreating Jefferson as he was, not as what we wish he had been... (Y)our ability to give life to all that he was is remarkable."
Ms. Bobbie Kirkhart, President
GRANADA HILLS WOMAN’S CLUB
Granada Hills, California
Letter dated ???
Dear Mr. Reynolds,
The Granada Hills Woman's Club would like to thank you for your outstanding, entertaining and informative program on Thursday.
I have received the most compliments I have ever had on a program. Everyone enjoyed it so much. Your knowledge and presentation was remarkable.
We look forward to having you as our guest again soon and would highly recommend your program to any group looking for great entertainment.
Janet Eaton, program chairman
CHATSWORTH HILLS ACADEMY
Letter dated February 27 th, 2003
"It is my pleasure to recommend Mr. Dale Reynolds for his outstanding portrayal of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Dale performed for our fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades students and did a wonderful job of creating the persona of Jefferson. Complete with period costume, he shared with the students Jefferson's life and views about war, politics, early American, justice, race and personal integrity. He welcomes student participation and responded to the questions with honesty and with historical facts. They felt very comfortable interacting with Mr. Reynolds."
VISTA VERDE MIDDLE SCHOOL,
Garden Grove, California
Letter dated February 18th, 2003
"(The actor) was incredibly realistic and gave the students an experience of what Thomas Jefferson was really like. Everything from the costume to the speeches and answers were excellent. The authenticity of the whole thing was incredibly wonderful. Everyone...benefited and learned from this assembly."
Mr. Brad Shelton, Student
MIRACOSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Letter dated February 3rd, 2003
"You were a hit at Mira Costa's All-College Day, and that isn't easy to be! Faculty and staff have enthused how much they enjoyed your portrayal and how they sensed that you know the man so well that no question would have thrown you. Thank you for an enlightening, enjoyable portrayal of Thomas Jefferson."
Mary Ann Newport,
Coordinator of the Professional Development Program
CARDEN SCHOOL OF WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA
Letter dated November 20th, 2002
"We very much appreciate the wonderful assembly you presented to our students. They enjoyed the history facts of Thomas Jefferson in such an entertaining manner. (You) showed (your)self to be an accomplished actor with a flair for interacting with children. Thank you for providing an entertaining learning experience for our school."
Ms. Carol Tracy, Director
NORTH HOLLYWOOD MASONIC CENTER
Letter dated October 15th, 2002
"Your performance and knowledge of the character were impeccable. All the Brothers... were entertained, informed and impressed by what you gave us that evening. You brought Jefferson to life, giving him (a) personality that keeps an audience involved, entertained and wanting to know more about the man and his life. We highly recommend any organization looking to book a performance about our American history to use your portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. They will not be disappointed."
Mr. Jan Eddy, Senior Warden
FRIENDS OF THE BRUGGEMEYER LIBRARY
Monterey Park, California
Letter dated August 9th, 2002
"We would like to thank you for your wonderful visit. It was such a lively and interesting forum, and everyone enjoyed being able to ask questions and to hear your point of view. Your stories helped us to better understand the historical context of your times and you may have noticed that we had a "standing-room-only" audience, ranging in age from 6 to 85+ years old. I would recommend your program to any group that is interested in history."
Ms. Anne Z. Sylvester, Program Chair
DEUTSCH-AMERIKANISCHES ZENTRUM /
JAMES F. BYRNES INSTITUTE, Stuttgart, Germany
Letter dated July 8th, 2002
"The show was favorably received by the audience who learned a lot about the 3rd President of the United States of America as, quite naturally, Germans are not as familiar with this great president as are the Americans. Mr. Reynolds did a very good job of dealing with a non-American audience, and I hope that he will be given many more opportunities to present his show."
Dr. Ulrich Bachteler, Director
PARADISE CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
La Canada/Flintridge, California
Letter dated March 25th, 2002
"Your performances always help our students to know the real Thomas Jefferson and make him "come alive" instead of just as a man from history. We have always had positive comments from both teachers and students on your performance."
Ms. Connie Knight, Librarian
UNIVERSALIST UNITERIAN CHURCH OF SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY, California
Letter dated March 25th, 2002
"Two weeks after your performance I'm still hearing enthusiastic comments! I appreciate the outstanding job you did of answering challenging questions from our congregation. Your knowledge of Thomas Jefferson is comprehensive and your portrayal is compelling. I was especially impressed by the way you captured the attention of the children - they were utterly drawn in. It was a special and memorable morning."
Ms. Melanie Overton, Chair of the Worship Committee
UNIVERSALIST UNITARIAN CHURCH
Santa Paula, California
Letter dated February 2nd, 2002
"Your show was well-informed, convincing, and very well received. I was impressed by your willingness to take on the hard questions about Jefferson's life and career, always staying in character. You were so well prepared to the questions about slavery, his political career, his relationship with John Adams and Jefferson's financial failures. I highly recommend your performance for other congregations or any other organization."
The Rev. Carol Rudisill, Minister
SAN CAYETANO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Letter dated February 1st, 2002
"Our parents and teachers enjoyed it every bit as much as the students. The young ones are so excited about all the things you told them. They have each made a thank-you card telling what they have learned, which was a great deal. Using Thomas Jefferson's own words, coupled with your interactive question-and-answer format, made Jefferson and his contribution to American history come alive. In addition, your honesty in answering the student's questions allowed them to accept and believe what you had to say. Thanks again for helping us to make American history come to life!"
Ms. Ann Reynolds-Stock, 4th/5th Grade Teacher
RICHARD HENRY DANA, JR., MIDDLE SCHOOL
San Pedro, California
Letter dated December 4th, 2001
"I wanted to thank you for your two back-to-back performances of your superb one-man Thomas Jefferson show. Each of the three years we have book you here to perform in front our eighth grade history classes had had the students raving about the authenticity of your portrayal. I must also comment on the powerful way you interact with the students - the Question-and-Answer format is truly inspiring and allows me to help them understand an era not their own. It is rare to see such a combination of acting strength and scholarly acumen."
Mr. Robert Jones, History Teacher