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These speaking notes regarding Joseph and Frau Edelbrock were written in preparation for an impersonation to be later developed by Dr. Robert Kendall. Joseph and Frau Edelbrock immigrated to the U.S. from Germany, originally living in Indiana and then moving to St. Cloud, MN in 1851, becoming one of the earliest families in St. Cloud. He was elected mayor of St. Cloud in 1861.

Impersonation speaking was developed by Dr. Robert Kendall who taught in the Communication Studies Department at St. Cloud State University between 1971 and 1992. Dr. Kendall described impersonation speaking in this way: "Each student chooses an historical character, does independent research on that person, write a speech, locating it in a particular year of that person's adult life, making it interesting and relevant to a [contemporary] audience, assumes that character through costume, attitude, worldview, and mannerisms, and delivers the speech to an open-invitation public."



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