Around the Tiers: Broome County Historical Society Meeting

By Chelsea Bishop

June 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) "Willis Sharpe Kilmer: Binghamton Entrepreneur, A Life of Success and Scandal" is the title of the June 19 meeting of the Broome County Historical Society.

Local actor Bill Gorman will portray the infamous Willis Sharpe Kilmer who returns to life to tell of his many successes and conquests: the success of Swamp Root, his patent medicine; the creation of the Binghamton Press and the Press Building in order to ruin the owner and publisher of The Evening Herald; the success of his stables and a surprising win of the Kentucky Derby. Gorman will also tell of Kilmer's many conquests and is confronted by one of the young women with whom he had an affair, portrayed by Suzanne Brigham.

Bill Gorman, a company member of the Cider Mill Playhouse, has appeared there in numerous productions, including A Christmas Carol, Proof, and Death of a Salesman, among others. He also has appeared at Syracuse Stage, Vermont Stage Co., Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Chenango River Theatre, and South Carolina Repertory Company as well as performed on several stages in New York City. He has narrated a number of Brian Frey's WSKG Emmy Award winning documentaries., and he has received the Heart of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broome County Arts Council. Suzanne Brigham has performed widely, and has performed with with Tri-Cities Opera, at the Cider Mill Playhouse and EPAC, and is a member of Southern Tier Actors Read. She teaches music at Roosevelt Elementary School in Binghamton.

A graduate of Lehigh University, he taught English, Theatre and Public Speaking at Vestal High School for many years, retiring in 1995.

The meeting, co-sponsored by Remlik's Restaurant, will be held in the lobby of Remlik's in the Kilmer Building, 31 Lewis St., Binghamton, with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Historical Society at (607) 778-3572.