More than 60 interested people attended Wheaton College Professor Mark LeBlanc’s lecture on March 15th, which used new modes for e-book storytelling to illustrate his grandfather’s time in World War I. The multi-media lecture was jointly sponsored by CFFK and Performance at St. Paul’s.
Professor LeBlanc is living in the Artist in Residence home in Key West, jointly owned and managed by CFFK and Wheaton College. The residence is the former Barbara Kellner house and property, which was left to CFFK and Wheaton when she passed away in June 2013. Today it is an Artist in Residence for Wheaton College music and art students and faculty.
“We are honored to share Barbara Kellner’s generous legacy with our faculty and students,” says Wheaton Provost Linda Eisenmann.
Professor LeBlanc, the Meneely Professor of Computer Science at Wheaton, is the first Artist in Residence to live in the home. His lecture, titled “The Great War: One Man’s Journey from Maine to France and Somehow Back Again,” used his work in new modes for ebook storytelling to honor the 100th anniversary of his grandfather’s time in World War I. His work is based on National Archive research and a month-long trip to France.
Barbara Kellner moved to Key West in the 1970s and later became known as a true “Key West character” with a love of the arts. She left her Key West house and property in Old Town in an estate shared by CFFK and her alma mater, Wheaton College in Norton, MA. The house has been extensively renovated under CFFK’s management. The property features a new kitchen, updated wiring, appliances, and mechanicals, and completely new furnishings.
“Barbara Kellner’s generous bequest provides a truly special educational experience for Wheaton students and faculty,” says CFFK Board Secretary Susanne Woods, who was Provost and Professor of English Emerita at Wheaton at the time Barbara planned the gift. “The Artists in Residence program allows them to continue their own artistic pursuits while engaging in the rich cultural history of Key West and appreciating the subtropical eco-system of the Keys. It is a wonderful addition to Wheaton’s unique Connections Curriculum.”