Peter Small



Peter Small believes that it is people who make history happen. While teaching history in the greater Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. areas, he developed his program with costumed presentations for his classes, which became memorable and enjoyable lessons for his pupils. Peter now brings the same enthusiasm for history to your school, congregation, library, museum, or organization.

He offers a series of one-character portrayals for every age group ranging from 45 to 60 minutes.
Peter has performed nationally for a wide range of audiences, including the Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover Presidential Libraries, Port Huron, Michigan's Thomas Edison Festival, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, and has appeared on KTTV-TVs "Midday Sunday" in Los Angeles, He was the presenter at Knott's Berry Farm's Thomas Edison Workshop for ten years and is currently an adjacent instructor for the North Orange County Community College District's School of Continuing Education's Older Adult Program.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States, serving from 1933–1945. The only president elected to the office four times, Roosevelt led the United States through two of the greatest crises of the 20th century: the Great Depression and World War II. In so doing, he greatly expanded the powers of the federal government and became beloved by the common man through a series of programs and reforms known as the New Deal.

Golda Meir - As prime minister of an embattled nation, her story is also the story of the State of Israel.

"...I'm actually talking to Golda Meir"
-Tony Valdez host, "Midday Sunday." KTTV_-TV LosAngeles

George Washington
Meet the Father of Our Country as he separates fact from myth about his life from the cherry tree to crossing the Delaware river.

Thomas Jefferson
He was the Third President, but the Sage of Monticello would rather be remembered as scientist, farmer, inventor, architect, and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Edison
The interactive program shows how Edison invented the electric light bulb, phonograph and motion pictures.
"Your adaptation of my great grandfather, Thomas Edison would be much appreciated by him" -Professor David E. Edison Sloan, University of New Haven

Harry S. Truman
"The Buck Stops Here." In his blunt, plain speaking style, Mr. Truman tells how he met the challenges of the Presidency from dropping the Atomic Bomb to the dismissal of General Mac Arthur.


What the Press says about Peter Small:

... To demonstrate how a democracy is the favorable model, Jefferson called on three young children, two girls and a boy, for assistance.

First the monarchy example: The boy was given a crown, and told to sit on a chair as if it were a king's throne. The girls were instructed to bow before him.

Then the boy ---- still symbolizing government, but this time as a democratic leader ---- was asked to kneel and bow before the girls, who depicted common citizens.

Laughter filled the room.

Small, 53, of Lake Forest taught history in the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles areas, and now impersonates iconic governmental leaders.

He has depicted former Presidents Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt ---- and even Golda Meir, the former Israeli prime minister.

"I just change wigs and stockings," said Small, who joked that at 5 feet, 7 inches, he's better suited to impersonate Meir than the statuesque Jefferson.

"I'm a short Jew," the New Jersey native said.

Small previously depicted Roosevelt at the Temecula Valley Museum, which also sponsored Saturday's living history presentation. His Roosevelt wowed Temecula resident Carol Marsden, who may not have waited out Small's late arrival otherwise.

"I knew the man, and his wife was wonderful," said Marsden, 83, of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. "This guy (Small) had him nailed down, oh yeah. Well, as far as I'm concerned."

Brian Eckhouse, NC Times



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