For grades: 1st - 12th
Requirements for live visit: A table to display my props, one large marker board, and a large United States map.
Fees for live visit: $400 for four presentations in one day, plus travel expenses.
by Patrick Lee, Actor & Teacher »
Students and staff were so enamored with your presentation ... We look forward to future presentations ... Without hesitation, I would recommend your acting and historically accurate depiction ... --- Barbara Chailland, Department Chair, Fulton (MO) Middle School
All presentations are in the first person. My costumes and props are accurate in every detail. Audiences receive a personal look at each man's life.
Thomas Jefferson involves students in recounting what they know about him, and he fills in blanks in their knowledge. He speaks of similarities and differences between his time and the present. He concludes with the epitaph written on his tombstone, what it says and why it's important. Props include 18th century teaching tools, games and toys, and items for every day use, including a goat's foot elevator.
Daniel Boone tells the story of his life, from boyhood in Pennsylvania, young adulthood in North Carolina, midlife in Kentucky, and his final 20 years in Missouri. Boone tells his tales with the help of a Pennsylvania long rifle, tomahawk and scalping knife. His possibles bag, shooting bag and haversack contain many items that long hunters carried to the frontier.
William Clark begins asking his audience how they would prepare for a journey of two years into the unknown. "What supplies would you take? What food? What if you ran out? What if someone got sick? How would you make friends with the Indians? Talk with them? What happens when your clothes wear out?" He tells a little of his boyhood and later years, but the focus is on the purpose, adventures, and accomplishments of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The content of each program is adjusted to the age and maturity of the audience, beginning with a short narrative, when the character draws the students in by asking them questions. Clothing items and props are explained and demonstrated. Questions from the students conclude each session.
High school presentations to history classes tend more to the narrative, similar to those for adult audiences. Programs for speech and drama classes focus on the art of historic portrayal.
Since 1990, I have presented Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone and William Clark to hundreds of student and adult audiences. Trained academically as a teacher and self-taught as a historian and actor, these first-person presentations appeal to all ages.