Speakers Bureau

The following speakers have developed topics and programs that are Historic, Patriotic, and/or Educational in nature.  If a Texas SAR Compatriot would like to be added to this list, please fill out and submit this form.

 

Index by Location:
Arlington | Ben Wheeler | Boerne | Cedar Hill | Commerce | Dallas | Dallas2 | Dallas3 | Dallas4 | Denton | Houston1 | Houston2 | Houston 3 | Humble | Katy | Kerrville | Kerrville2 | Kingwood | Lufkin | Lufkin2 | Lytle | Pearland | Plano | Quinlan | Richardson | Richardson2 | Tyler

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Index by Topic:
18th Century Scientists, Inventors, Charlatans and Hoaxes
American Frontier Life
American Militia
American Riflemen in the War of 1812
An Instrument of War
Another Midnight Ride:  The Story of Sybil Ludington
Arts in the American Revolution
Bad Girls of the American Revolution
Barbecue in Colonial and Early America
Battle of Bennington
The Birth of the Continental Navy
Boston Tea Party
Breaking into the British Arsenal for Washington
Bunker Hill
Children in Colonial Times
Churches and Religion During the American Revolution
The Continental Navy
The Continental Soldier of the American Revolution
The Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta
Election of 1800
Ethnicities in the Continental Army during the American Revolution
Explaining Authentic Revolutionary War Artifacts Collected Over 30 Years
Florida in the American Revolution
George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights
Historic Flags of the U.S.A.
History of the Texas Central Corridor
History of the U.S. in Flags
How We Got Our Flag
Ignatious Nathan Gann in the Battle of King's Mountain and the Defeat of the Loyalist Oct 7, 1780
Influence and Contribution of General Marquis de LaFayette
The Invasion of Britain – April 22, 1778
The King's Mountain Boys
Lessons Learned from the American Revolution
Lexington & Concord, A Detailed Look
Life and Times in North Carolina Prior to and During the American Revolution
Marine Blue Alpha Uniform
Men and Women Spies in the American Revolution
Mission Impossible:  The Kidnapping Attempt of Benedict Arnold
My 16 Revolutionary Ancestors
The Origin and History of the Minutemen
Outline of the Battles
Pint-Sized Patriots
The Preamble to the Constitution
Presidential Scandals
Printing as it Came to America
Printing from Gutenberg to Ben Franklin
Privateers: Pirates or Patriots?
Rattlesnakes & Pine Trees:  Early American Flags
Real Story of the Bill of Rights
Real Story of the Declaration of Independence
Religion’s Influence on the American Revolution
Religion and the Founding Fathers
The Revolution that Hardly Anyone Wanted
The Rise and Fall of the Newburgh Conspiracy
Samuel Nicholas and the Continental Marines
The Separation of Church and State:  America's Experiment in Freedom of Religion
The Signers of the Constitution
Timothy Murphy - The Best Shot in the Revolutionary War
The Turning Point of the American Revolution:  The Battle of Trenton
Vignettes of George Washington
Washington's Secret War
Washington's Spies
What Life was Like during Revolutionary Times
Why I Am A Member of the SAR
Winter Encampment at Valley Forge 1777-1778
With A Little Help From Our Friends
Women in the Revolutionary War
Women Who Fought and Men Who Didn't
The Worst of Hells: British Prison Ships During the American Revolution
Yankee Doodle Christmas
Yorktown – Victory at Sea

 

Name: Dr. H. Charles Baker
Chapter: Dallas #2
City: Dallas, TX
Contact Info: email:   hc_baker@sbcglobal.net
phone:  214-343-0717
Additional information at:  http://www.txssar.org/Dallas/speakers.htm
Availability: Negotiable.  I do teach full time at SMU, but Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are easier.
Advance Notice Required: Generally one month, but it depends on the group size and how flexible my schedule is at the time.
Distance willing to travel: 75 miles - farther with mileage allowance.
Fee required: No speaking fee for a non-profit patriotic group.
Topic: "How We Got Our Flag"
Synopsis: A fascinating illustrated presentation on the history of the U.S. Flag.
Time: 10-40 minutes (length of presentation can be adjusted depending on the amount of detail desired).
Topic: "The Turning Point of the American Revolution: The Battle of Trenton"
Synopsis: Dr. Baker describes the amazing battle in which his ancestor David Baker fought under General Washington.
Time: 40 minutes approximately

 


 

Name: Peter Baron
Chapter: San Antonio #4
City: Lytle, TX
Contact Info: email:  ptbaron@hotmail.com
mailing address:  P.O. Box 1712, Lytle, TX  78052
Additional information at:  http://sarsat.org/Meetings/speakersbureau.htm
Availability: By appointment - weekdays available.
Advance Notice Required:  
Distance willing to travel: Traveling would require compensation of room and board.
Fee required: none
Topic: Lectures on outfitting the soldier, equipment, tactics, battles, genealogy, reenacting, general Revolutionary War history.
Synopsis: NA
Time: Varies to suit audience.

 


 

Name: Joseph Benham
Chapter: Hill Country #31
City: Kerrville, TX
Contact Info: email:  jove@ktc.com
phone:  830-896-6323
Availability: Most weekdays except for Wednesdays.
Advance Notice Required: 1 week
Distance willing to travel: 90 minutes each way
Fee required: none
Note: Podium and stool required.
Topic: "The Revolution that Hardly Anyone Wanted"
Synopsis: Hardly anyone wanted the Revolutionary War; hardly anyone on either side seemed to have an idea of how to win it; and hardly anyone seemed to know what to do next, once it was won.
Time: 20 minutes
Topic: "George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights"
Synopsis: George Mason opposed ratifying the Constitution until assured that a Bill of Rights similar to the one he had drafted earlier for the Virginia Colony would be added.
Time: 20 minutes

 


 

Name: Richard Brock
Chapter: Dallas #2
City: Dallas, TX
Contact Info: email:  brockcapital@aol.com
phone:  214-394-2080
Availability: Flexible
Advance Notice Required: 2 days
Distance willing to travel: 50 miles
Fee required: none
Topic: "Breaking into the British Arsenal for Washington"
Synopsis: Recaps the story of George Washington ordering my ancestor, Captain John Johnson, to lead 12 men to break into the British arsenal in New York City for desperately needed gunpowder.
Time: 20 minutes

 


 

Name: Jim Cook
Chapter: Paul Carrington #5
City: Houston, TX
Contact Info: email:  jwcook713@sbcglobal.net
phone:  713-504-1462
mailing address:  1935 Tallulah; Houston, TX 77077
Availability: Weekdays Monday - Friday, evenings, and weekends
Advance Notice Required: 2-3 weeks
Distance willing to travel: 1 hour each way
Fee required: none
Topic: "What Life was Like during Revolutionary Times"
Synopsis:  
Time: 60 minutes
Topic: "Outline of the Battles"
Synopsis: First Attack:  Concord heard round the world as the war progresses
Time: 60 minutes
Topic: "My 16 Revolutionary Ancestors"
Synopsis: Vignettes of each of my ancestors and how they fought in the Revolutionary War (Bunker of Bunker Hill, James Sherman, Nathan Cook to name a few)
Time: 60 minutes

 


 

Name: William Covington
Chapter: Arlington #7
City: Cedar Hill, TX
Contact Info: email:  covingtonw@sbcglobal.net
phone:  972-299-9328
mailing address:  312 Cedar Street; Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Availability: contact for availibity
Advance Notice Required: at least a few days
Distance willing to travel: negotiable
Fee required: will discuss with each applying party
Topic: "The Continental Soldier of the American Revolution"
Synopsis: Presentation of the equipment and weapons carried by the Continental soldier during the course of the American Revolution.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "Bad Girls of the American Revolution"
Synopsis: Contributions of the patriot women during the American Revolution.  Individual women are spoken of in this presentation and this may vary according to the women selected to speak on.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "Ethnicities in the Continental Army during the American Revolution"
Synopsis: This presentation will vary according to the requests of the audience.  I have spoken on the Scots-Irish, Germans, indentured servants, children, Native Americans, African-Americans and other foreigners who contributed to the colonies winning their independence.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "Pint-Sized Patriots"
Synopsis: This presentation discusses the contributions of children to the patriot cause during the American Revolution.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "Churches and Religion During the American Revolution"
Synopsis: This presentation looks at the different denominations and their positions as the Revolution approached.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "The Worst of Hells:  British Prison Ships During the American Revolution"
Synopsis: This presentation will examine the use of prison "hulks" by the British as places of confinement for patriot prisoners of war during the American Revolution.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "The Signers of the Constitution"
Synopsis: This presentation is a type of group biography of the various men who signed the Constitution.  It looks at several key figures who are rather remarkable.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "The Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta"
Synopsis: This presentation looks at the similarities between these two crucial documents.
Time: 25-30 minutes
Topic: "Vignettes of George Washington"
Synopsis: This presentation fits the DAR specifications for the "George Washington Tea" around the birthday of Washington.  Scenes from the life of our first president.
Time: 25-30 minutes

 


 

Name: Ray Cox
Chapter: PineyWoods #51
City: Humble, TX
Contact Info: email:  coxmr@earthlink.net
phone:  281-454-6074
mailing address:  17410 Huntersglen; Humble, TX  77396
Availability: Days and evenings except Sundays
Advance Notice Required: 2 weeks
Distance willing to travel: 2.5 hours each way
Fee required: none
Topic: "An Instrument of War"
Synopsis: A day in the life of a Revolutionary War soldier and how it was completely governed by the fife/drum signals that regulated the day, including stories about daily life and the playing of fife calls.
Time: 20-40 minutes depending on need

 


 

Name: Dr. Wendell E. and Linda Edwards
Chapter: Amb. Fletcher Warren #43
City: Commerce, TX
Contact Info: email:   weelle@koyote.com
phone:  903-886-6615 (home)
mailing address:   2813 McCarley Dr., Commerce, TX 75428
Availability: almost any time except on Sundays
Advance Notice Required: Flexible (2 weeks preferred)
Distance willing to travel: Up to 75 miles.
Fee required: Donation to Patriot Fund or Center for Advancing American Heritage.
Topic: "Life and Times in North Carolina Prior to and During the American Revolution"
Synopsis: The life of Ancestor Robert and Nancy Edwards in North Carolina prior to and during the American Revolution.
Time: 30 to 45 minutes
Topic: "Men and Women Spies in the American Revolution"
Synopsis: Two men and three women who provided espionage services to the American Troops during the Revolution.
Time: 30 to 45 minutes
Topic: "Children in Colonial Times"
Synopsis: Education, Home Life, Recreation/Games, Toys, etc. in the life of children in the Colonial period prior to and during the Revolution.
Time: 45 minutes or however long they want.  Aimed primarily at 2nd - 5th grade school children.

 


 

Name: Tom H. Gann
Chapter: Lt. Nathan Gann #28
City: Lufkin, TX
Contact Info: email:  TGann@lufkinrealestate.com
phone:  936-633-2622
mailing address:  2808 S. John Redditt Drive; Lufkin, Texas 75904-5602
Availability: When available
Advance Notice Required: Days to Weeks or more
Distance willing to travel: When time permits 3 hours or less or when I am in your town on business or pleasure.
Fee required: None usually if it is a reasonable request.
Topic: "Ignatious Nathan Gann in the Battle of King’s Mountain and the Defeat of the Loyalist Oct 7, 1780"
Synopsis: The Battle of King’s Mountain and the defeat of the Loyalists with the thread of what one Over the Mountain Man was doing before, during, and after the battle.
Time: 25-50 minutes

 


 

Name: James N. Gibson
Chapter: Arlington #7
City: Arlington, TX
Contact Info: email:  jngibson55@icloud.com
mailing address:  702 Valley Vista Rd. #1038; Arlington, Texas  76006-4912
Availability: weekends
Advance Notice Required: 2 weeks
Distance willing to travel: 2 hours
Fee required:
Topic: "American Militia"
Synopsis: The actual use of militia from the French and Indian Wars to the War of 1812.
Time: about an hour
Topic: "American Riflemen in the War of 1812"
Synopsis: The reasons for the shortage of Riflemen in many areas during the war.
Time: 1 hour

 


 

Name: Tom Green
Chapter: Alexander Hodge #49
City: Pearland, TX
Contact Info: email:  tbgreen3@gmail.com
phone:  281-922-1118
Availability: Any time, but coordination is difficult.
Advance Notice Required: NA
Distance willing to travel: NA
Fee required: none
Topic: "Historic Flags of the U.S.A."
Synopsis: The flag program starts with the begining of the revolt of the Colonists and moves forward through the Revolution to the War of 1812 and finally to the Civil War, ending with the history of our current 50 star flag.
Time: 45 minutes, but can be modified to fit any time requirement

 


 

Name: John L. Greer
Chapter: Amb. Fletcher Warren #43
City: Quinlan, TX
Contact Info: email:  johnlgreer@juno.com
Availability: Available most evenings and some Saturdays
Advance Notice Required: Not able to commit very far in advance.
Distance willing to travel: 70 miles
Fee required: No fee required.  Any honorarium will go to the Joe Hill Patriots fund.
Topic: "Timothy Murphy-The Best Shot in the Revolutionary War"
Synopsis: First and second person portrayal of Rifleman Timothy Murphy and his importance to America at the Battle of Saratoga.
Time: 30 minutes

 


 

Name: W. Michael Hurley
Chapter: Captain William Barron #25
City: Tyler, TX
Contact Info: email:  whurley64@me.com
phone:  903-705-8655
mailing address:  712 S. Chilton Ave; Tyler, TX  75701
Availability: Weekdays, week nights, Saturday
Advance Notice Required: 7 days
Distance willing to travel: 3 hours drive
Fee required: none
Topic: "The Influence and Contribution of General Marquis de LaFayette"
Synopsis: The life and character of a great French American.
Time: flexible
Topic: "Why I Am A Member of the SAR"
Synopsis: Why I am a member of the SAR.
Time: flexible
Topic: "The King's Mountain Boys"
Synopsis: The great battle reviewed.
Time: flexible

 


 

Name: Thomas Jackson
Chapter: Robert Rankin #62
City: Houston, TX
Contact Info: email:  longhorntij@yahoo.com
phone: 
mailing address:  
Availability: Weekdays, weekday evenings, weekends, weekend evenings
Advance Notice Required: Generally 1 week
Distance willing to travel: 1 hour each way
Fee required: none
Topic: "Lexington & Concord, A Detailed Look"
Synopsis: A power point aided presentation that blends the common facts that we all know with special details told through paintings and documented rememberances from those present.
Time: 40 minutes, but can be shortened
Topic: "The Continental Navy"
Synopsis: Reveals details of the origins of the Navy and a brief review of its commanders supplemented with powerpoint aids including paintings of the naval ships.
Time: 40 minutes, but can be shortened

 


 

Name: Dr. James J. Johnson Jr.
Chapter: Denton #23
City: Denton, TX
Contact Info: email:  jamesjeffersonjohnsonjr@gmail.com
phone:  940-382-6599 (h) or 940-206-1628 (c)
mailing address:  3004 Croydon St.; Denton, TX  76209-1300
Availability: Middle of September to end of May.
Advance Notice Required: 1 month+
Distance willing to travel: 200 miles one way; further if lodging is provided.
Fee required: Re-imbursement for gas expense.
Topic: Thomas Jefferson and the Women in His Life
Synopsis: An overview of the women in his life with emphasis on Martha Wayles Skelton, Sally Hemmings, and Maria Cosway.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Topic: Thomas Jefferson’s Libraries
Synopsis: A synopsis of the three literary collections that influenced his life and work including the collection that became the Library of Congress.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Topic: John Trumbull Painter of the American Revolution
Synopsis: The American Revolution as seen through his paintings and drawings.  Much of what we know “visually” about the Revolution is due to Trumbull’s work.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Topic: George Washington and the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior
Synopsis: The influence of this volume, composed by Franciscan friars, on the morality and faith of George Washington.
Time: 30-45 minutes

 


 

Name: Ned LaRowe
Chapter: Plano #37
City: Plano, TX
Contact Info: email:  nedlarowe@verizon.net
phone:  972-491-5494
mailing address:  2213 Chula Vista, Plano, TX 75023
Availability: Weekdays and Weekends
Advance Notice Required: 1 month
Distance willing to travel: 1.5 hours (exceptions considered)
Fee required: None
Topic: "Religion’s Influence on the American Revolution"
Synopsis: The first part of the program briefly reviews the roll and development of religion in the colonies.  There are verses read from the King James Bible and quotes from early Christian preachers and historical figures.  While it does not advocate the Christian religion, it does draw from its history and theology.  The second part of the program connects the dots and explains the conclusion (my opinion).
Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes (variable).
Topic: "The Invasion of Britain – April 22, 1778"
Synopsis: Describes an actual land assult on the shores of Great Britain and some of the “humorous” results.  The event is also one in which another side of the character of John Paul Jones is brought out.
Time: 25-30 minutes.
Topic: "The Birth of the Continental Navy"
Synopsis: Chronicles some of the events leading up to the formation of the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War.  These events are parallel to the likes of the Boston Massacre or the battles at Lexington and Concord, but draw on other circumstances.  The program describes some of the ships, some of their successes and failures and the overall contribution to the war effort and the traditions of today’s modern Navy.
Time: 30-40 minutes.
Topic: "Yorktown – Victory at Sea"
Synopsis: The story is essentially the involvement of Francois Joseph Paul de Grasse and the French ships under his command and their part in the battle of Yorktown.  The program also suggests that, even though the British loss at Yorktown was a devastating blow, it was the later actions of this French Admiral that caused the capitulation of the British Government and the end to the war.
Time: 30-40 minutes.
Topic: "Mission Impossible: The Kidnapping Attempt of Benedict Arnold"
Synopsis: We know from history that Benedict Arnold was never kidnapped after his defection, but there was an attempt.  And it seemed to be a perfect episode for the TV program, Mission Impossible, except for the ending.  What the story is actually about is an event that demonstrates the courage and determination of those who would dream of freedom and independence, and willing to sacrifice, even their life and dignity, for that magnificent cause.
Time: 30 minutes.
Topic: "Another Midnight Ride:  The Story of Sybil Ludington"
Synopsis: We all know the story of Paul Revere, but there was another midnight ride.  This one was made by a sixteen-year-old girl.  This story recalls the raid on Danbury, CT and the attempt to save it and the young girl’s heroic efforts to aid in that attempt.
Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Topic: "The Separation of Church and State:  America's Experiment in Freedom of Religion"
Synopsis: This program is in two parts:  (Part 1) how the principal of separation of church and state arrived on our shores and what the country’s founders thought; and (Part 2) how the Supreme Court came to be, the development of Judicial Review, and how the Court has evolved the present day concept of church and state.
Time: 45 minutes (each part)

 


 

Name: Judge Tom Lawrence
Chapter: Paul Carrington # 5
City: Houston, TX
Contact Info: email:  tlawrence01@sbcglobal.net
Availability: Night and weekends but can be available for a luncheon upon more notice.
Advance Notice Required: None in particular but the more lead time the better.
Distance willing to travel: Greater Houston area
Fee required: None but if the organization gives an honorarium I prefer that it go to the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award through NSSAR.
Topic: "Boston Tea Party"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Women in the Revolutionary War"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Lessons Learned from the American Revolution"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Presidential Scandals"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Election of 1800"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Real Story of the Declaration of Independence"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Real Story of the Bill of Rights"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "With A Little Help From Our Friends"
Time: about 30 minutes
Topic: "Religion and the Founding Fathers"
Time: about 30 minutes

 


 

Name: Dr. Jennings Neal Naranjo
Chapter: Nathan Gann #28
City: Lufkin, TX
Contact Info: email:  asdf.neal@gmail.com
Availability: Weekdays, evenings
Advance Notice Required: 30 days
Distance willing to travel: 100 miles - 1.5 hours
Fee required: gas
Topic: "Explaining Authentic Revolutionary War Artifacts Collected Over 30 Years"
Synopsis: I have a collection of Revolutionary War artifacts and I display the items and explain how I obtained the item and how and where it was used.
Time: 30 minutes plus questions

 


 

Name: Drake Peddie
Chapter: Plano #37
City: Richardson, TX
Contact Info: email:  dmpeddie@aol.com
Availability: Flexible on time, but prefer evenings or weekends
Advance Notice Required:  
Distance willing to travel: within 100 miles of Plano
Fee required: No charge - but buy my dinner or lunch
Topic: "Privateers: Pirates or Patriots?"
Synopsis: Infamous Privateer Jonathan Haraden in full uniform from Salem speaks about the history of privateering before and during the American Revolution and how it benefited the American cause.  He then tells several enlightening stories about some of his personal adventures on the high seas during the Revolutionary War.
Time: 30-35 minutes
Topic: "Rattlesnakes & Pine Trees:  Early American Flags"
Synopsis: There were actually many flags BEFORE Congress passed the Flag Act and the Betsy Ross Flag appeared.  When the war first began, there were 13 separate colonies and this new entity had no flag - What would they do?  Will discuss details about a dozen of the first flags BEFORE Betsy Ross, how they came to be and have the flags there for viewing also.
Time: 30-35 minutes
Topic: "The Rise and Fall of the Newburgh Conspiracy"
Synopsis: As the war was wrapping up, there were many officers and soldiers who were owed large sums of money by the Continental Congress.  Was a mutiny possible?  Some saw this as an opening to make Washington look bad and seize control.   With all the politics going on, it was George Washington who solved the problem and solidified his position.
Time: 30-35 minutes

 


 

Name: Michael Petridis
Chapter: Dallas #2
City: Ovilla, TX
Contact Info: email:  SARDallas@hotmail.com
Availability: any
Advance Notice Required: 30 days
Distance willing to travel: 1 hour
Fee required: No charge
Topic: "Battle of Bennington"
Synopsis: PowerPoint on Battle for Bennington, Vermont.
Time: 30 minutes
Topic: "Bunker Hill"
Synopsis: PowerPoint on Battle of Bunker Hill.
Time: 30 minutes

 


 

Name: Ed Raines
Chapter: Robert Rankin #62
City: Katy, TX
Contact Info: email:  eraines0113@gmail.com
phone:  281-693-7203 home
phone:  254-642-3271 farm
phone:  832-327-4307 Houston Number at farm
Availability: almost anytime except for November
Advance Notice Required: Minimal notice applies, but I like to have a week or so
Distance willing to travel: I will travel almost anywhere, but like to stay within about 100 miles or so of Houston.
Fee required: none
Topic: "History of The U.S. in Flags"
Synopsis: The development of our country via the various historical flags used at the time.
Time: 1 hour
Topic: "The Origin and History of the Minutemen"
Time: 45 minutes

 


 

Name: Frank Rohrbough
Chapter: San Antonio #4
City: Boerne, TX
Contact Info: email:  frankr@gvtc.com
phone:  830-537-5452
mailing address:  124 Spring Valley Cove; Boerne, TX 78006-7832
Availability: Weekdays
Advance Notice Required: One month ahead
Distance willing to travel: 2 hrs travel time
Fee required: none
Topic: "Washington's Spies"
Synopsis: Explain the why, what, and where of spying during the American Revolution.
Time: 30 - 45 minutes
Topic: "Washington's Secret War"
Synopsis: Why some members of the Continental Congress wanted to remove Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
Time: 30 - 45 minutes
Topic: "Winter Encampment at Valley Forge 1777-1778"
Synopsis: The Challenges Washington faced to rebuild his down-trodden Army.
Time: 30 - 45 minutes

 


 

Name: Winston J. Scott
Chapter: Hill Country #31
City: Kerrville, TX
Contact Info: email:  scotts@ktc.com
phone:  830-792-4842
Availability: Evenings or weekends
Advance Notice Required: 1 week
Distance willing to travel: 200 miles each way
Fee required: none
Topic: "Printing as it Came to America"
Synopsis: Control of the press and the mechanics of bringing the equipment and setting it up.
Time: 15 minutes
Topic: "Marine Blue Alpha Uniform"
Time: 15 minutes

 


 

Name: Bill Sekel
Chapter: Athens #54
City: Ben Wheeler, TX
Contact Info: email:  firstsgtusmcret@yahoo.com
phone:  830-992-5619
mailing address: 200 VZ County Road 4816; Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
Availability: Afternoon and evenings/weekdays and weekends
Advance Notice Required: 1 month
Distance willing to travel: 1 hour
Fee required: none
Topic: "Samuel Nicholas and the Continental Marines"
Synopsis: Overview of the Continental Marines and the first Marine Commandant. Tailored for November meetings and the Marine Corps birthday of November 10th.
Time: 30-40 minutes

 


 

Name: Larry and Barbara Stevens
Chapter: PineyWoods #51
City: Kingwood, TX
Contact Info: email:  Wardtracker@aol.com
phone: 
mailing address:  
Availability: Weekdays and evenings
Advance Notice Required: 30 days
Distance willing to travel: Houston area; will consider farther depending on event
Fee required: none
Topic: "American Frontier Life"
Synopsis: Larry and Barbara dress in period clothing and talk about articles of clothing, tools, cooking, foods, and weapons (when allowed) used during the frontier period.  The program is done topically so you can select what you what to discuss by item or items.
Time: 30 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the time available and the audience

 


 

Name: Dr. Howard L. Taylor
Chapter: Plano #37
City: Richardson, TX
Contact Info: email:  TaylorHowardL@cs.com
phone:  972-235-3889
mailing address:  2005 Custer Pkwy; Richardson, Texas 75080
Availability: Fridays, Saturdays; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays are variable - please check
Advance Notice Required: 1 week
Distance willing to travel: 2 hours each way
Fee required:  
Topic: "Barbecue in Colonial and Early America"
Synopsis: A Power Point presentation of the early history of barbecue in the colonies and its use for recruiting soldiers for the Revolutionary War.  The account stops with barbecues during the election of A. Lincoln.
Time: 35 minutes
Topic: "Printing from Gutenberg to Ben Franklin"
Synopsis: A Power Point presentation of the development of printing with emphasis on the Gutenberg press, which was still in use when Ben Franklin started printing.  The importance of printing the Declaration of Independence and other documents supporting the Revolutionary War is discussed.
Time: 35 minutes
Topic: "History of the Texas Central Corridor"
Synopsis: The Geography and Geology of Texas are discussed as they relate to the settlement of Texas.  The importance of the Central Corridor for the cattle drives, the railroads and the founding of cities is discussed.
Time: 35 minutes

 


 

Name: Hank Voegtle
Chapter: Dallas
City: Dallas, TX
Contact Info: email:  hankvoegtle@earthlink.net
phone:  214-769-5040
mailing address:  9431 Loma Vista Dr.; Dallas, TX  75243
Availability: Weekday evenings, weekends. Some weekdays possible.
Advance Notice Required: 3-4 weeks
Distance willing to travel: Less than 3 hours each way
Fee required: Lodging if overnight stay is required.
Topic: "Florida in the American Revolution"
Synopsis: An overview of the personalities in the 14th colony as well as the battles fought there.
Time: 30 minutes
Topic: "The Preamble to the Constitution"
Synopsis: An overview of the preamble to the constitution.
Time: 15-20 minutes