Re-enactments are an interactive way to introduce historic personalities. The re-enactments at Convo
were done in period costume, with scripts from the writings of and about the characters. There was
time for interaction with the Convo participants.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
WENDELL REFIOR is an Emerson scholar and re-enactor.
For the past decade he has studied and taught the works of Ralph
Waldo Emerson. Appearing in period costume, Mr. Refior has
thrilled a wide array of audiences delivering Emerson’s most
famous orations and sermons, including “Self-Trust, American
Scholar” (Intellectual Independence) and “Fugitive Slave Law”
(Ethical Rights). Mr. Refior began performing across southern
New England following Emerson’s 2003 bicentennial. He has
performed a one-man show for Seniors Clubs, Northeastern
University Workshops, and Ladies Associations as well as
delivered sermons for Unitarian Universalist Churches, bring
Ralph Waldo Emerson “back to life.” Wendell was selected as a
panelist for a 2001 Emerson society meeting. His is a Life
Member of the international Emerson Society and served on its
Board for 2007-2009.
*Performance: Ralph Waldo Emerson
FAYRE STEPHENSON served the congregation in Foxboro, MA. She has been on the staff of
Ferry Beach Park Association, where she has been involved with the History Week. She is a re-
enactor of Rev. Eleanor Forbes, minister in western Maine (West Paris, ME, 1923-1943, and Ferry
*Performance: Rev. Eleanor Forbes