(50-60 minutes in length, unless otherwise indicated):
SONGS & STORIES OF HISTORICAL EVENTS
The presentations in this category all involve music and will be presented with at
least one acoustic instrument. (I bring my own sound system if the room and/or size of the group warrants it.) The
songs are connected by a narration of the related historical event(s). In many cases, audience "singalong"
will be encouraged, but questions should be held for the appropriate time following the program. Music and storytelling
were ways our ancestors entertained themselves and these presentations provide an easy way for audience members to identify
with their forebears. To read remarks from those who have attended one or more of these presentations, click Presentation Accolades; to read details about the programs and hear a couple of samples in this category, click Details on Songs & Stories of Historical Events.
More programs coming in 2014; click on above link to read
The presentations in this category are enhanced by PowerPoint displays and deal with a variety
of topics designed for beginning, intermediate, and advanced researchers (identified accordingly on the page that gives
descriptions of the topics). I have my own projection equipment that I bring along for no extra charge (ask if you also
need me to bring a projection screen). To read comments from folks who have attended one or more of these lectures,
click Presentation Accolades; to learn more about the topics, click Details on Instructional Lectures.
New presentations now available and more
coming in 2014!
in this category are designed to be interactive; audience members are active participants in the topics. Studies have
shown that many people get more out of a lesson when they are engaged in the learning process. To see a list
of topics and descriptions in this category, click Details on Participatory Workshops.
(If your group is not inclined to get involved
in a discussion or participatory activity, please select an option from another category as these topics all require audience
participation and will not be successful without it.)
|As 2nd great-grandmother, Irene Freeman Wilcox, OCCGS, Sept. 2007
The presentations in this category are from the "historical drama" genre
and involve a narrative that is followed by an explanation (illustrated with overheads, powerpoint, and/or handouts) of the
research methods used to verify the events and facts presented in the story. Storytelling technique is employed and,
therefore, all questions should be held for the period following the narration. To read comments from folks who have
attended one or more of these programs, click Presentation Accolades; to view the topics and descriptions of the programs, click Details on Narrative Presentations.
"BANQUET" TALKS & KEYNOTE ADDRESSES (15-40 minutes in length)
The talks in this category are designed for 15- to 40-minute time frames (adjusted according
to the needs of the group). Most of the topics are light-hearted and not designed to be followed by a question/answer
period or accompanied by a handout; they may or may not include an audio/visual element. To read comments from folks
who have attended programs where this form of presentation has been featured, click Presentation Accolades; to view the different topics in this category, click Details on "Banquet" Talks & Keynote Addresses.
now available, including one based on my dissertation research on family stories; click link above to read about them all.
While most of the programs in the categories listed
above are ready for presentation, a few are being revised or are under construction; those that are not quite ready are noted
as such on the description pages. To see the lists of topics, click links for the subject categories and see
if they are labeled "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" or "UNDER REVISION."
The planned dates of availability are also listed (if known); if you are allowing enough lead-in time for a particular presentation,
it probably can be ready for your group, but please contact me before assuming that.
Topics that don't include a red label, as noted above,
are ready for presentation with only a very few days or hours of preparation. Contact me if you have any questions or