For grades: 4th Grade to Adult
Requirements for live visit: A table, at least 72 inches long.
Fees for live visit: $80.00 first performance, $65, each additional performance.
Living History Interpretation »
Gayle was perfect as Anna Ferguson. Her history was factual and interesting. Excellant props. Very enjoyable. --- K. Thew, Arizona State Univeristy West
Living History Interpreter Gayle Martin protrays Arizona resident Anna Ferguson, who exemplifies the selfless efforts made during WWII. A composite character, Anna tells the Phoenix-area story of Home Front life in the year 1943. A time when neighbors and communites worked together to survive and contribute to our country's victory. The stories also serve as a catalyst to ignite student's comparison of the past to our present day military conflicts.
Anna tells her story in a first person narrative, and includes such topics as, Pearl Harbor, Civil Defense, V-Mail, War Bonds, Rationing,and Women Working in the Defense Industry. Along with historical facts, she tells stories of day to day life experiences during this difficult time. Mrs. Ferguson demonstrates props throughout the presentation. This collection is extensive and consists of both real artifacts and reproductions. She wears period attire of accurate reproductions of WWII era clothing and accessories.
Performances last approximately 40 minutes; a 15-minute Q & A session follows. Each session is geared to age-appropriate audiences.
Gayle Homes Martin is from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University and later attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
Gayle became involved with the Arizona Historical Society Museum in 1999, when she dedicated the Ciné Capri Model exhibit. She continued to serve the museum as a volunteer through 2001, assisting the Library and Archives and as a docent, leading educational tours for children.
In the fall of 2001 Gayle was invited to join the Living History program at Historic Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, where she publicly debuted the WWII composite character, 'Anna Ferguson,' at the ALHFAM Western Regional Conference. Sahuaro Ranch later asked Gayle to create an Old West Character.
In the spring of 2002 Gayle was asked to appear weekends at Rawhide Wild West Town in Scottsdale, Arizona. She continues to participate in Living History and Western events throughout Arizona while she markets her characters to the schools and other interested organizations. She has performed for the Phoenix Public Library, ASU West, and the Phoenix Corral of Westerners.