William Wallace is returning to Steilacoom this month. The man, who was elected as the Town’s first mayor in 1871, will be portrayed by Idaho’s former Lt. Governor David Leroy.
The historic re-enactment is part of Historic Ft. Steilacoom’s 2013 Living History Day Program set for Saturday, April 20 at the Fort.
Leroy’s presentation is co-sponsored by Historic Ft. Steilacoom and Steilacoom Historic Museum Association.
While the Fort’s annual Living History Day program at Historic Ft. Steilacoom begins at 10 a.m., the Wallace presentation begins at 2 p.m. that afternoon at Quarters 2 on the campus of Western State Hospital, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd., S.W., Lakewood, WA
The day’s events also feature re-enactors who will interpret the historic buildings, and the opportunity for students to make magic lantern slides.
Wallace, as one of Steilacoom’s early residents, was a man who filled many roles during his lifetime, including serving as Defense Attorney for Chief Leschi, as Territorial Governor for Washington Territory, as Congressional Delegate for Washington Territory, and as Territorial Governor for Idaho. Mr. Wallace later returned to Steilacoom where he was elected as Steilacoom’s First Mayor.
Wallace Re-enactor David Leroy is chairman of the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Chairman of the Governor’s Council of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He also is a former prosecutor, Attorney General, and Lt. Governor.
He has been lecturing about Lincoln since 1976. Mr. Leroy also is author of many articles and a book about the 16th president, and has a collection of historic artifacts relating to Lincoln’s life that he uses to enhance his talks. Mr. Leroy’s interpretation and comments tell about the unknown, the unusual and the “real animal,” as Lincoln described himself.