MANCHESTER - Actress and educator Sally Matson will portray pioneering photographer Margaret Bourke-White in a living history presentation at First Congregational Church in Manchester on January 2.

Her performance, "Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Margaret Bourke-White was a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s, capturing influential images of industry, war, and world leaders. In her performance, Sally Matson as Bourke-White will share her adventures of climbing on skyscrapers, leaning out of airplanes, and going into war zones with an indomitable spirit.

Sally Matson has performed for a Department of Defense show in the Pacific and has been a writer and interviewer for Connecticut Cable TV. She worked at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in New Canaan, Conn., as actor, director and publicist. She has had major roles in many productions, including "A Thousand Clowns," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Under Milkwood," "O'Susannah," and "The Crucible." She also performs "Susan B. Anthony - the Invincible!" as part of VHC's Speakers Bureau program.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is hosted by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.