The Underground Railroad

A review of the Underground Railroad Network in Delaware. Key figures such as Thomas Garrett, station master; Harriet Tubman, through conductor; William Still of Philadelphia; Patty Cannon, notorious slave catcher; and the Dover Eight are among the topics that will be discussed. Delaware’s importance as the Middle Passage on the Eastern Seaboard will be reviewed.

Children Around the World

This presentation contributes to the study of multiculturalism. Although multiculturalism technically explores differences within the United States, this program allows children to see the different ways that children live in America as well as in other countries. I present slides and discuss children’s experiences among the Amish, the Japanese, the Nandi of Kenya, the Chuukese of the Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean, and the Inuit. For each of these groups, I discuss the children’s experiences growing up and living in these societies.

Native Americans at the Time of Columbus

The emphasis in this program is on the way the Native Americans lived when Columbus first arrived and shortly after contact. I will show how varied the lifestyles of the Native Americans were as they adapted to the different environments across America. We will examine farmers, small game hunters and gatherers, and the mounted hunters of bison on the Great Plains. For part of the presentation, I discuss some of the foods we eat today which were originally domesticated in the Americas. I end with the stark beauty of the Arctic with the Inuit.

We are not “Red Men,” We are Native North American Indians

For grades 1 through 3, I briefly and gently discuss some of the misconceptions we have about Native Americans. I demonstrate why the Pilgrims called Native Americans “Red Men,” and also point out that this is not a good term to use and should be avoided. I examine what the Native Americans knew about where they lived and explore some of the products we have received from the Native North American Indians.