Huron, Ohio – Inventor Thomas Edison was greatly encouraged by his mother, Nancy, who believed that he was not dim-witted, as his school master believed, but rather that his creativity at a young age would someday completely change the world.

On February 6, at the ElderCollege spring semester kickoff at Bowling Green State University Firelands College, entertainer Stephanie Kramer will use narrative, music, and a unique portrayal of Nancy Edison to share what it was like in those early days in Milan, Ohio, and how Nancy’s son did indeed change the world.

A native of Cleveland’s west side, Kramer has performed for more than 40 years in many creative ventures such as community theatre, choirs, directing, and program directing for senior centers.  She plays guitar and piano, and in 1966 she created an award-winning acting program designed for older adults, called the “Living-Room Theatre.”

Through her Heritage Theatre program, Kramer has portrayed an array of exceptional women including former First Lady Edith Wilson, writer Beatrix Potter, poet Emily Dickinson, and impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.

The kickoff of the ElderCollege spring semester is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands. The event is free and open to the public.

ElderCollege is an independent organization supported by BGSU Firelands. With more than 150 members, it is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty-five classes are planned for the spring semester. Topics range from poetry to history, and much more.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 per year, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period.  Non-members also can participate by paying a minimal fee per class – typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege fall kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office for Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617 or by e-mail at

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