BETHEL — The character and career of Charles Kellogg, a vaudeville performer, will be explored in a program by the Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Taking place during the Bethel Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Fest, the program will be presented by Roxanne Gupta, Kellogg's grandniece, and Donald G. Bennett, past president of the historical society. It will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the Dr. Moses Mason House, 14 Broad St.
Kellogg (1868-1949) developed the ability to perfectly reproduce bird song, according to a society news release Thursday.
He also operated a very popular "Nature Camp" at North Newry.
A campaigner for the protection of the redwood forests of California, Kellogg was born on a ranch in Susanville in that state and grew up in the 1870s observing the animals and birds of the forests, the release states.
Kellogg built a mobile home, called the "Travel Log," from a redwood tree and drove it around the country to raise awareness of the plight of the California forests.
By the time he was 22, Kellogg was performing his bird songs on vaudeville tours around the country, and by his 40s he was traveling outside of the United States, performing for audiences throughout Europe, the release states.
In 1911, Victor Records signed Kellogg to his first recording contract. He recorded with the company until 1919, mostly singing classical and light classical pieces.
For more information about the program, contact the Bethel Historical Society at 824-2908 or email@example.com.