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192? Figure Charles Howard Plattenburg Popular Lecturer Charles Howard Plattenburg Preacher-Editor-Orator THE public today requires that its lecturers not only have the gift of oratory, but the brains back of the spoken word to think worth while and originally. The successful lecturer must be not only an orator and thinker, but he must be a docr. Thoughts and words without action are as chaff without the kernel. For the past ten years Charles Howard Plattenburg has occupied a prominent place on the Lyceum and Chautauqua platform. He has lectured in every state in the Union save two, and given universal satisfaction. A Bureau manager recently wrote: During the past eight years you have appeared on hundreds of our courses, and I do not recall one unfavorable criticism of your work. A Chautauqua field manager, for whom he filled a long season, writes: Mr. Plattenburg's work was the most satisfactory of any number on the program. He always awoke the people. Before he went on the platform Mr. Plattenburg was a successful editor of a weekly newspaper in a leading Iowa town, and there came in daily contact with people, lived their lives, studied and helped solve their problems. He speaks from experience and first hand knowledge gained by years of study and wide travel. When you meet Charles Howard Plattenburg you meet a christian gentleman; when you hear him you hear a scholar who has evolved lectures that are a real contribution to culture, and a better understanding of the ways of the world. Mr. Plattenburg will leave your town with its people thinking broader, cleaner thoughts. His personality and words will be impressed on their minds. Any Lyceum Course or Chautauqua will take on new dignity and standing in the community after he has spoken from its platform. The HON. CATO SELLS, United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs, says:—I regard C. H. Plattenburg as one of the most accomplished and effective platform orators in my acquaintance. He is highly educated, is a student and philosopher, has traveled extensively, has had large contact with his fellows both at home and abroad, is full of the milk of human kindness, fully appreciates the sublime and humorous and paints in beautiful and eloquent language, alike, the serious and frivolous things of life. He is always high minded, instructive, entertaining and well worth the time of all who appreciate a really good lecture. Lectures Worms Beneath The Bark Isn't that a striking subject? It suggests a condition that threatens; that needs immediate attention. It also suggests the operation of silent and unseen forces of evil, whose presence may not be suspected. Leave it to Charles Howard Plattenburg to find the pests. He has an eye as keen as an eagle's, and for many years has been scouting around in many countries studying humanity, its strength and its weaknesses. This lecture has been given more than twelve hundred times. It deals sledge-hammer blows at existing evils in modern society. It reveals to the audience a new conception of the vices which surround us. Burlington, Iowa, Hawkeye: —Mr. Plattenburg has a great message and it should be delivered in every town in the state of Iowa. Battle Creek, Mich., Sunday Journal: —It was a profound discourse, and so graceful withal in its allusions and descriptions, so entertaining with humorous anecdotes, that it had the effect of a powerful stimulant. Loyalty To The Home Town 6,956 towns and cities in the nine leading states, including 215 county seats, actually lost in population from 1900 to 1910. 564 of these towns, including 40 county seats, were in the great agricultural state of Iowa. At least 7,000 more towns in these nine states barely held their own. Meaning that in those ten years nearly 14,000 towns either stood still or lost ground. Mr. Plattenburg shows that this tremendous loss in population, and the enormous depreciation in real estate values resulting therefrom, were brought about: (1) By lack of civic pride, community loyality, and local co-operation; (2) By the tremendous inroads made by the mail order houses; (3) By the constant stream of young men and women from the smaller towns to the great centers. In this lecture Mr. Plattenburg tells how these tendencies can be counteracted. Loyalty To The Home Town has been given before many Commercial and Advertising Clubs and conventions of retail merchants. The Retail Merchants' Association of Kentucky printed several hundred thousand copies of this lecture and scattered them broadcast through out the state. Mr. Plattenburg's articles on this and kindred subjects have had a circulation of more than a million copies. Pres. Cass, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern R. R. says: That is the most helpful community building lecture I ever heard. Dr. Reed, the biggest retail merchant in the state of Nevada. President Board of Regents State University, after hearing Mr. Plattenburg at Reno, said:—That story should be told in every town in America. Here And There: Now And Then In this lecture Mr. Plattenburg in a semi-humorous vein compares social life in Europe and America. In an entirely unique and original manner he discusses woman suffrage, disarmament, international marriages, etc. Coshocton, Ohio, Tribune: —Not so far on the Chautauqua program has the audience departed as well pleased as on Wednesday afternoon, when Charles Howard Plattenburg, with a message and personality that won his way to the hearts of his listeners, delivered his lecture on Here and There; Now and Then. The Man Above The Mob An inspirational lecture especially adapted for school and college commencements.
|Title||Charles Howard Plattenburg: popular lecturer|
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|Personal Name Subject||Plattenburg, Charles Howard|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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