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Chautauqua Managers Association PRESENTS Dr. William Fischer Harding Figure MANAGEMENT CHAUTAUQUA MANAGERS ASSOCIATION ORCHESTRA BUILDING, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS DR. WILLIAM FISCHER HARDING A FOREWORD Dr. William F. Harding is a man among men and stands with the best platform men of today. He is a good scholar, a deep thinker, who clothes his thoughts in attractive and pleasing language, yet is plain and simple and clearly understood. He illustrates his subjects with the choicest wit and humor, which gives his lectures and addresses a fitting combination of true scholarliness, classical pointedness and heartiest fervor. He is truly free from the dry mixture of mere words and sentences. His style is peculiarly his own, winning and graceful. Being tall and erect his mannerisms are commanding and hold attention to the end. Children are attracted to him and he is their friend. His work on the platform makes him worthy of patronage. Dr. Harding is a marked success as a Chautauqua Platform Manager because of his careful and painstaking attention to the details which make programs run smoothly, yet does it in a quiet and unobtrusive manner. Everything is kept fresh and sparkling. The talent forces are always his friends and the people are anticipative. Dr. Harding has specialized in the study of the Bible as Literature and has been remarkably successful with the Bible Hour during the forenoons at Chautauquas. His work here brings return dates and larger audiences. He makes the Bible live anew and ever afterwards the book has a fresh and living charm. Though a busy pastor Dr. Harding reads extensively and is conversant with world movements and thoughts and is able to give some limited time to the lecture and Chautauqua platform where those who hear him are his admirers. He has been recalled to Chautauquas for the sixth season. Popular Lectures. THE FEDERATION OF THE NATIONS. This is a dream of American leadership in forming the new Internationalism. INTO AND OUT OF THE FAR COUNTRY. A study of the meaning of some of the movements of our age. THE AMERICAN GIRL. A sociological problem carefully considered. HAPPY, THO' MARRIED. A timely message on a knotty problem. HOME, SWEET HOME. The conditions which make home. BEN HUR. (Stereopticon.) An earnest effort to interpret this great story. Morning Hours At Chautauqua. THE LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE. These lectures are fascinating, helpful and scholarly making the Bible stand forth clothed in its rich simplicity and beauty. THE PREPARATION FOR AND THE COMING OF CHRISTIANITY. A much needed line of presentation of how Christianity has been developed. High School and Commencement. ACHIEVING THE LIFE. DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE. Special addresses whenever needed for Y. M. C. A. and Young People Society meetings. WHAT PEOPLE SAY FOR HIM Rev. W. F. Harding, D.D., has been our platform manager for three years and will be for the coming year for his methods and ability have been more than satisfactory. All of our talent has been pleased with him. In cases of necessity he can help out in other features for the success of the Chautauqua, being a good speaker, very industrious and ambitious to please. OTTO H. WULFEKUHLER, Pres., Leavenworth (Kan.) Chautauqua. In my long experience on Lyceum and Chautauqua platforms I have heard many lecturers; among them all I count my friend, Dr. W. F. Harding, one of the really successful ones. It will be worth while going a long way to hear him. ALTON PACKARD, The Cartoonist. Dr. Harding is an energetic, live man, a hard student and an original thinker. He lectures with earnest conviction. His style and delivery are dramatic, pleasing and elevating. H. T. PARSONS, Chairman of Oratory and Expression, N. W. Normal, Alva, Okla. Lecture course committees fortunate enough to secure Dr. W. F. Harding will have good reason to congratulate themselves. ELLSWORTH PLUMSTEAD, Reader, Detroit, Michigan. My Dear Dr. Harding: We are requested by the Directors of the Olathe (Kan.) Chautauqua Association to ask you to take charge of the Bible Hour at our Chautauqua next year. The high class work you have done for us the past two seasons prompts us to secure your services before they are spoken for elsewhere. Our people are delighted with your labors and we need not tell you that you have secured a warm place in the hearts of the people of Olathe. Men who are broad-minded on Biblical subjects and at the same time insistent in treating the Bible as the word of God, scientific and at the same time truly reverent, are few. You have delighted the people of Olathe and have opened to them new visions of scriptural exegsis [sicexegesis] and history. We want you again. FRANK D. HODGES, Pres. JOHN J. PARKER, Sec'y. Dr. Harding's lecture, Happy, Tho' Married, combines originality of thought, vigor of expression and a humor which is fresh and invigorating. REV. DR. JULIEN S. RODGERS, Atlanta, Georgia. Having heard Dr. W. F. Harding in his lecture, I take great pleasure as recommending him as one who is judicious, earnest and persuasive. His lectures are full of instruction and inspiration. With well timed anecdote, convincing logic and beautiful language he captivates those who hear him. No mistake will be make in securing him for a series of addresses. EDWARD BEAUMONT KING, Brooklyn, N. Y., Supt. Central Nebraska Assembly. DAILY FREE PRESS, Detroit, Mich. —He is tall, erect and delivers his remarks with eloquence and force. PASADENA (Cal.) STAR. —Dr. Harding possesses an excellent voice for public speaking, which he has under perfect control and adds to the effectiveness of speaking with well placed gestures and graceful adaptation of every fitness in the speaker's art. LEAVENWORTH (Kan.) POST. —One of the real essentials of a successful Chautauqua is a platform manager who can fill in almost any gap and keep the entertainments moving along nicely. Dr. W. F. Harding is a man who can do this and is now regularly listed with the Chautauqua Managers Association. Dr. Harding is a versatile speaker and during the three years he has acted as platform manager here has done things which have won him recognition. On occasions he has taken the place of speakers who were unavoidably detained and has held his audience in such spell-bound attention that visible dismay was apparent when the speaker arrived. It is frequently necessary to fill an entire date for a speaker and this Mr. Harding can do successfully. Chautauqua speakers of note have spoken very highly of his work as platform manager. FORT SCOTT (Kan.) REPUBLICAN. —In the address he made Dr. Harding made a good impression. He is scholarly, broad-gauged and tolerant … a pleasant and interesting speaker. WORDS FROM THE PRESS DAILY GAZETTE, Lawrence, Kansas. —Dr. W. F. Harding has an eloquent delivery and his lecture on The American Girl, was one of the best attractions given in the entire course. He has a happy manner in addressing an audience and those who gathered last night were attentive to all the good things he had to say. THE WESTERN CHAUTAUQUA, Island Park Assembly, Rome City, Ind. —Several of Dr. W. F. Harding's lectures have been heard at Island Park. There is no lack of interest when he is on the platform. He has been heard with perfect delight. He always brings a Call Back. No one has more friends at Island Park than he. He is deserving. FORT WAYNE (Ind.) MORNING JOURNAL. —The lecture by Rev. W. F. Harding, D.D., on Happy, Tho' Married, was largely attended and greatly appreciated. THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN, Oklahoma City, Okla. —An excellent address. THE INDICATOR, Fremont, Mich. —Dr. Harding is a man of rare ability as a lecturer. A progressive and original thinker and possessing a fine delivery and engaging manner. THE TIMES, Ingersoll, Okla. —Dr. Harding is an orator of power, style and magnetism, a polished scholar, a deep thinker, and his thoughts are clothed in the most attractive, yet plain language. THE EAGLE, White Cloud, Mich. —An intellectual treat, the like of which White Cloud never had. Dr. Harding's The American Girl, stands in the front rank. DAILY HERALD, Grand Rapids, Mich. —An able address. THE PRESS, Grand Haven, Mich. —Unusual mental vigor. One of the most pleasing orators and lecturers. THE COURIER, Alva, Okla. —The diligent and scholarly Dr. Harding. * * * A pleasing speaker and his lectures have a high moral tone. ROSWELL (N. M.) MORNING RECORD. —W. F. Harding, the famous lecturer, delivered his well known lecture, The American Girl, to an appreciative audience last night in the Presbyterian church. He captured his audience by his pleasing manner and delightful lecture. DAILY X-RAYS, Arkansas City, Kans. —There is nothing small, or slow, or out-of-date about Dr. Harding. He keeps right at the head of the procession. WAUKOMAS (Okla.) HORNET. —Dr. W. F. Harding lectured in the Congregational church Monday and Tuesday nights on The American Girl and The American Boy. He uses fine language and entertaining delivery, choice of literature, instructive and elevating. DAILY TRAVELER, Arkansas City, Kan. —Last evening Dr. Harding delivered a very entertaining lecture on Home, Sweet home. It was full of elegant and appropriate sentiment that went straight to the heart of every one. RACINE (Wis.) DAILY JOURNAL. —The audience was much pleased with his literary touches of the Bible. THE DAILY GAZETTE, Terre Haute, Ind. —Dr. Harding has been an earnest and faithful worker and has won an enviable record. CHESTER, (Neb.) HERALD. —Dr. W. F. Harding gave one of the best lectures along the line of The American Girl we ever heard or ever expect to hear. It was a masterpiece with just enough wit to make the subject intensely interesting. CLAY CENTER (Kans.) DISPATCH. —Dr. Harding's ideas were beautifully and forcefully presented. OBERLIN (Kans.) EYE. —The lecture on The American Girl by Dr. W. F. Harding was highly appreciated. His English is good and his style bold and vigorous. He abounds in witticism yet appeals to the sober thought. DANBURY (Neb.) NEWS. —With his witty and intelligent delivery Dr. Harding captivated the audience. DAILY ITEM, Great Bend, Kans. —Dr. Harding is an interesting speaker and the subject (Ben Hur) was well handled. DAILY CHRONICLE, Dodge City, Kans. —The lecture on Ben Hur at the opera house was a most interesting one. The colored pictures were exceedingly attractive and illustrated in a captivating way the story as retold by Dr. W. F. Harding.
|Title||Dr. William Fischer Harding|
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|Personal Name Subject||Harding, William Fischer|
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