For Book Groups and Libraries and Historic Organizations
I offer several choices:
Novel Slide Show and Reading: Choose which novel and I will present a slide show and talk about the town where the novel is set and a reading from that novel. This may include booklet handouts that follow the slide show. These usually last about twenty minutes to a half hour.
A Talk About Industrialization in the Northeast: Since my stories are part of the Shetucket River Milltown Series, much of this talk is focused on milltowns along the Shetucket and its tributaries. I talk about early mills, mill environments, milltowns and mill workers from the 1700s through to early 1900s, centering in the 1800s. The length of this talk is about forty-five minutes to an hour with slides and handouts.
A Talk About Mill Workers and Mill Girls: At the dawn of our industrialization a new need for unskilled and skilled workers drew families from the work farms and then young women from rural farms. I will discuss how this trend developed, how the workers lived and worked and the new independence this allowed them.