Lecturers at the Jefferson Educational Society

Joe Wiegand, Re-enactor

A lifelong student of American history, government and foreign policy, Joe Wiegand is a political science graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a former graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Following T.R.'s counsel to live a vigorous life and to be in the arena, Joe has served as an elected county commissioner, a campaign and public policy professional, a board member of various not-for-profits, and senior warden at his church. Joe is a member of Rotary International and a member of the National Association for Interpretation. In 2008, Joe, his wife, Jenny, daughter, Sam, and golden retriever, Faith, traveled across America in celebration of Theodore Roosevelt's 150th birthday and the final centennial year of TR's historic presidency.  Performances at the White House and TR's New York City birthplace highlighted the Sesquicentennial celebration.