Speakers BureauTalks and Living History Presentations for Your Community
Talks with the History theme:
A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.- Tim Weed explores Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty, from the Spanish-American war of 1898 to the 1959 Cuban Revolution.
A Terrible Beauty- Vince Feeney discusses the circumstances surrounding the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Dublin, which the Irish poet William Butler Yeats famously called "a terrible beauty."
Above and Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis- Michael Tougias recounts this tense chapter of history and explores how President Kennedy reached a decision on a course of action.
Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping- Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, tells of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont.
Colonial Meetinghouses of New England- Paul Wainwright tells the story of New England's colonial meetinghouses and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
Double-Talk on Doubleday: How a Dead Civil War General Invented Baseball Without His Permission- Rowly Brucken explores the founding myths of baseball’s real and fictional origins, and will consider the broader context of the age.
First Impressions: 19th Century New Englanders and the Origins of American Perceptions of Islam- Philip Crossman tells the story of Middlebury College graduates Pliny Fisk and Levi Parsons, who set out to the Middle East to serve as Christian missionaries in the Islamic world in 1819.
Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers and Heroes: Madison’s Commanders in the War of 1812- David Fitz-Enz tells the stories of Army and Naval commanding officers during the War of 1812, focusing on those that served in the North Country.
How Did Germany’s Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?- Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow, a right-wing assassin who reversed his politics while on trial for his life.
Indian Wars of New England- Michael Tougias describes the conflicts between New England's Native Americans and colonists, from the Pilgrims' first arrival to the closing days of the French and Indian War.
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project- Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto.
More than Books: Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation- Bill Hosley examines American library history with a special focus on New England and its many municipal and research libraries.
POP Goes History: What Coca Cola Tells Us about American History- discusses Coca Cola, whose logo and product are so thoroughly identified with the United States that throughout much of the world, Coke is the symbol of America.
Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War- Carrie Brown reveals the courage of the women workers of the First World War, who rolled up their sleeves and entered industries where they had never been welcome before.
Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food- Rebecca Rupp reveals the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners.
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman- Nancy Marie Brown tells how archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland inform the story of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, a mythical Viking woman who came to the New World 500 years before Columbus.
The War before the War: Radical Abolition in Antebellum America- Jane Williamson presents the philosophies, strategies, and tactics of the 1830s abolitionists who demanded immediate emancipation of slaves and equal rights for free blacks.
Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables- Rebecca Rupp discusses the stories behind many of our favorite garden vegetables, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s Gilfeather turnip.