I am able to customize my presentation to suit your specific text-book stories and curriculum needs that can be linked to Illinois State or Federal Educational Standards. Send me an email, or call me at 618-534-4840 and we can discuss what you need.


Illinois State Board of Education Learning Standards – look in the box on the right side of the page for specific learning standards by topic.

The United States Department of Education website offers many sources of interest to teachers.


Listed below are types of programs, resources previously used and interpreted:

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  recommended for K – 12th grade and adults.   My programs are customized for age appropriate lesson plans and interests.

Stitch in Time program at area school celebrates local history – Use touch and feel display, signal songs, quilts, question and answer interacting with students during a school-wide assembly.  Visit classroom to continue question and answers for a more informative session with fifth & sixth grade students.

Uncover History about the Underground Railroad – Summer Reading  – “Reading Rocks”is a Library program for youth and adults.  After the program,  the Library had to buy more books about Harriet Tubman in Carterville, Illinois.  Use display with animal hides, Tubman age appropriate books, photographs, costume, songs, replica artifacts and first-person characterization.



York’s Mother   This program can been customized to short 20-30 minute sessions for middle school students.  Students can interact with first-person dramatization as explaining role during the time of the Lewis and Clark and will show her role, dress, culture, and music.

Eyes on Rose, Mother of  York   – The program will appeal to most ages and cultures.  It will interest people interested in African-American history, and spotlight on an unappreciated or little known real person who lived and suffered behind the curtains of history.  This program uses period dress and includes wonderful period solo performances of plantation songs, unique interpretation has strongly and emotionally moved audiences across the nation.  A small display includes animal pelts, hat, and flex fibers.  A banner displayed during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, the Corps of Discovery:  200 years to the Future for which I am photographed and depicted in a period dress in many major cities in western states is available for viewing if requested.



Priscilla Hollyhocks – This presentation is anarrative of a southern Illinois story with national connections to the 1838 Trail of Tears Cherokee Indian removal.  Priscilla was one-quarter black and three-quarter of Cherokee heritage and considered locally as ” The Quadroon Girl”  Purchased and freed at Jonesboro, Illinois, by Brazilla Silkwood, she became known for her plight and a legend for the Hollyhocks flowers.  I focus on this young Black/Indian girl who eventually came to live in Southern Illinois in Franklin County.  Priscilla was such a pleasant and inspirational person in life that she inspired poems, songs, stories, and plays. She came to be known as one that led a heroic and compassionate life.  Priscilla always wore a sun bonnet as well as a kerchief (neck scarf) secured with a brooch and ring.



Black History  and Heritage Programs  – I am able to develop individualized programs from the 1800’s era using books and histories of African-American women from most any area with enough advance notification to research the request.



The stories of Harriet Tubman, and Elizabeth Keckley are used to teach the concept of philanthropy. The giving of time and talents are shown by example in the stories of both women. Students learn about the Underground Railroad and the injustices of slavery. The idea of philanthropy as giving of your treasures is clear through Elizabeth self-written historiography and another written by Sara Bradford, Harriet Tubman “Moses of Her People”. These two women were models of bravery, determination and selflessness while living in a world in which the odds were against them, all while trying to help others.

The Arts, Language Arts, Library / Technology, Math, Philanthropy and Social Studies   incorporated in lesson plan out line.  For instance, Elizabeth was a proud woman, and an entrepreneur, however, Harriet understood how to get needed resources to continue her cause of help those in need, with the help of Providence.  These books published in the 1800’s are available for teacher instruction on history, arts and/or student writing including various comparisons as indicated by utilizing Illinois State Board of Education Learning Standards.   ___________________________________________________________


Black Indians: New perspectives on Native Americans –   This story covers portions of the Civil War along the Mississippi and Ohio River, from Milliken’s Bends, Louisiana to Southern Illinois. It is a saga of Native American woman’s life and family that joins others coming out of slavery as “contraband.” The talk focuses on my families genealogy during the 1800’s that touches a great grandparent that was descendant from an enslaver and how he ended up in Southern Illinois. Use props such as an apron, books with photographs of a Union Iron Clad, a native sounding ballads, and historic maps of the local area.

Waving the Apron –  A signal used by a remarkable proud and determined woman to get her freedom, became “contraband” all because of the wave of an Apron.  This woman was able to return home where she was originally from, back to freedom.  This story is easily adapted to Museum Talks and /or Native American History Month Programs.


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