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Theme: Think Differently

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September 15, 2018
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
United States

TEDxMorrisville is proud to announce that the inaugural live event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Historical Summerseat with doors opening at 2pm. The theme for this year’s event is “Think Differently”.

Summerseat, also known as the George Clymer House and Thomas Barclay House, is a historic house museum at Hillcrest and Legion Avenues in Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Built about 1770, it is the only house known to be owned by two signers of the United States Declaration of Independence, George Clymer and Robert Morris, and as a headquarters of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. The house is now managed by the Morrisville Historical Society, which offers tours. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Please join us as five local, live speakers discuss ideas worth spreading about topics that are currently impacting our society. For more information about the speakers, their topics, and how to get tickets, check out the TEDxMorrisville Facebook page or call Brud Anderson at 215-359-5800.

Historical Summerseat
Hillcrest and Legion Avenue
Morrisville, Pennsylvania, 19067
United States
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Bill Pezza

American History and Government Professor, Author, and Raising the Bar Founder
Bill Pezza teaches American History and Government at Bucks County Community College. In 2014 he founded the non-profit civic group, Bristol Borough Raising the Bar. The group's mission is to stimulate economic development in the Borough through the promotion of dining, the arts, specialty retail, historic preservation and the Borough's most cherished resources. Raising the Bars most recent success was spearheading the Borough's effort in winning the national Main Street Small Business Revolution contest sponsored by Deluxe Corporation of Shoreview, Minnesota in 2017. The contest resulted in a $500,000 economic development infusion to the Borough's commercial district. Bill is the author of four books, including his most recent titled, How Bristol Won, and will keep on Winning in which he lays out a blueprint for other communities to follow Raising the Bar's organizational success.

Joe Doyle

Co-Founde rand General Manager of ActorsNET of Bucks County
Joe Doyle is Co-Founder and General Manager of ActorsNET of Bucks County – a small 501c3 non-profit theatre located in Morrisville, PA. Joe is also an historical interpreter for the American Historical Theatre Company of Philadelphia. He portrays Founding Father John Adams annually at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, other sites in the nation’s capitol, at Mount Rushmore, and at many public schools and colleges . He is also a playwright and in 2004 was commissioned to write the book, music and lyrics for THE MAN WHO BOUGHT A COUNTRY – celebrating the life and times of Founding Father Robert Morris, who bought the residence known as Summerseat which had been owned by patriot Thomas Barclay and would later be owned by Founding Father George Clymer. Summerseat still stands and is the only home owned by two signers of the Declaration of Independence – Morris and Clymer.

Nicholas Gribbon

Student Speaker
Nicholas Gribbon is a student of Pennsbury High School and a life time resident of Bucks County. He enjoys competitive racing (he ran the mile in sub 4:50 time), speech and debate, mentoring younger students (he was recognized by his school board for excellent service in a national mentoring program), and doing volunteer work. Nicholas plans to attend college and wishes to major in social sciences. Recently, he completed two weeks of environmental work in Portland, Maine.

Stacy Lentz

Co-owner of the Stonewall inn and LGBT activisit
Stacy Lentz is an LGBT activist and Co-Owner of the Stonewall Inn which was the birth place of the modern gay rights movements after the Stonewall Riots in 1969. In 2006 the Stonewall Inn was closed and Lentz was a part of a team of investors who along with owners, Bill Morgan, Kurt Kelly, and Tony DeCicco stepped into save the iconic landmark. Stonewall was recently named a National Monument making it the first LGBT national monument in US history. In addition Lentz also helped organize the March for Marriage rally uniting over 80 LGBT organizations and thousands of people to call for the repeal of DOMA in 2013. She is currently is the CEO and Co-founder of the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative a non-profit helping some of the most underserved members of the LGBTQ community. She has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and Various other news outlets discussing gay rights and issues affecting the LGBT community.

Tara Bane

Art Therapist
Tara Bane has a masters degree in Creative Art Therapy and is a registered Art Therapist through the American Art Therapy Association. She has been a mental health practitioner for over 20 years and has provided her services in a variety of settings including a crime victims center, a domestic violence center, and a residential treatment facility for boys. Through her position at Family Service Association of Bucks County, she provided clinician art therapy services to lower bucks schools (including Morrisville Schools) for those children in need who have limited ability to get to the agency for services. Tara has a long history of supporting those suffering from various forms of abuse, traumatic experiences, and grief due to loss. She has counseled countless clients with peer relationships issues, socialization struggles, behavioral issues, childhood anxieties and depressive symptoms. It is with this knowledge and experience that inspired her to create Blue Sky Therapy Center.

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