Jacksonville Historical Society and Jeff Gardner present Charles Weston: Jacksonville’s Forgotten Star of Stage and Screen on Thursday, August 17 at noon at Old St. Andrew’s.
Jacksonville’s late 19th and early 20th century urban neighborhoods are the initial backdrop for this on-going investigation of Charles H. Weston. Born in Brooklyn, later a resident of LaVilla and then Springfield, Weston seemed to have lived an average, middle-class life. But Jeff Gardner moved beyond typical research sources to fill in the blank spaces, expanding his search to reveal the full story. Jeff has pieced together the saga of a Jacksonville native who, as a very young man, rose to the top of
several entertainment fields, including the circus, live theater, and early motion pictures. After an initial childhood stint as a circus performer, he became an actor on the Broadway stage and with national and international touring companies. Later, he trained with one of the best-known movie producers of the period, then became an internationally-known film director and producer. During his relatively short film career (1912 to 1917), he acted in, directed, or produced more than 65 feature length and short films in the United States and England.
Desserts and drinks available, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.
About the author
Jeff Gardner spent most of his working life as a consulting archaeologist for a cultural resources management company. Since his retirement two years ago, he has been happily pursuing his favorite pastime, historical research. When not conducting genealogical research, he assists his Springfield neighbors in discovering the histories and previous residents of their historic homes. Jeff is a board member of the Springfield Improvement Association and Archives (SIAA) and a volunteer at the Jacksonville Historical Society.