"Minnie Pearl" visited Montgomery last week to discuss her life and career.

Charleston's Denise Giardina's portrayal of Pearl initiated the "Howdee, History" series Friday night at the GRID.

The series will continue this Friday, April 5, as Fr. Leon Alexander will portray Benjamin Franklin at 7 p.m. at the GRID. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president as portrayed by Gene Worthington, of Fayetteville, will follow on April 12.

Admission is free to the shows, but a $10 donation is requested by The Shakespeare Studio, a local community theater group utilizing the shows to gather public support for a future Shakespeare festival in Montgomery.

The "Howdee, History" series is part of a long-running program called History Alive!, which is presented through the West Virginia Humanities Council.

More information and ticket sales are available online at howdee.ticketleap.com. Seats can be reserved on the website for free or for a donation. While they last, tickets will also be available at the door.

The Shakespeare Studio encourages audiences to grab a bite before the shows at the annual Lenten fish dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located next to the GRID. Dinners are sold at the church for $10 and less.

History Alive! is available to both non-profit and for-profit groups. For more information, call 304-346-8500 or visit www.wvhumanities.org.

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