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Speakers' Bureau

 

Please Note: In-person presentations are currently on hold. We are happy to offer virtual presentations upon request. Please contact Stephanie Toole, Education & Outreach Manager, at 330-833-4061 x104 or email her if you have any questions or would like more information.

Cost:

Groups within the city of Massillon or within 30 miles of Massillon, suggested donation.
Groups 31-60 miles from Massillon there is a $40 minimum fee, and 60-100 miles is a $60 minimum fee.

We accept cash, credit cards, or checks made payable to the Massillon Museum.

Scheduling:

To schedule a program, please contact the staff member you are interested in inviting to speak, or call 330-833-4061. Click here for a list of staff emails. If you have difficulty finding a speaker, feel free to contact Education and Outreach Manager Stephanie Toole, 330-833-4061 x104 or by email.

Presentations are booked on a first-come first-serve basis, so please be flexible; not all dates are available.

Choosing a Topic:

Our staff are passionate about the topics listed below. The list is presented by topic or by presenter.

If you need to know more about our staff presenters, please view our most recent Annual Report for full biographical information.

Presentations: Listed by Topic

General History:

  • An Overview of the American Revolution
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Films of the American Civil War
  • (45 minutes or more with Q & A, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Civil War Living History
    (45 minutes or more with Q & A, Christopher Craft)  
     
  • Civil War Technology
    (45 minutes or more with Q & A, Christopher Craft)  
     
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • (45 minutes, Christopher Craft)
     
  • Enduring Legacy of the American Civil War
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft)
     
  • Entertainment of the early 1900s
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Titanic & the End of the Edwardian Era
    (60 minutes or longer, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • The Great Depression & The New Deal (1929-1940)
    (60 minutes or longer, Mandy Altimus Stahl)

Massillon History:

  • Massillon and the Civil War
    (45-60 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Massillon and the Underground Railroad
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Massillon & the Great War (WWI)
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Early Massillon & Lost Kendal
    (40-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Massillon Theaters of Stage & Screen
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Jacob Coxey, Massillon & The Progressive Era
    (45 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Important Women of Massillon
    (30 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Painting Massillon’s Murals
    (40-60 minutes, Scot Phillips)

Preservation How-To, Exhibits, & Museum Studies:

  • Preserving Photographs & Documents
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Recording Your History, Oral Histories: Preserving Stories
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Intermediate Digitization for Museums
    (45 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Case Study: Digitizing Photo Negatives
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Various Topics Related to Museum Studies
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon)
     
  • Identifying Archival Materials
    (30 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)

Art History, Discussions, and Demonstrations:

  • Early-20th Century Women Photographers
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon)
     
  • Artful Living: Collaborative Educational Program Promoting the Arts
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft)
     
  • William T. Mathews: Painter of Presidents
    (30-60 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon) 
     
  • Intro to Silkscreening
    (40-60 minutes, Scot Phillips)
     
  • Advanced Silkscreening
    (40-60 minutes, Scot Phillips)

Other Special Interests:

  • White House Experiences, Celebration 2007
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Language of the Victorian Fan
    (40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, with Mandy Altimus Stahl) 
     
  • History of Early Silent Film 1870-1910
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)

Presentations: Listed by Presenter

 

Mandy Altimus Stahl:
 

General History Topics:

Titanic & the End of the Edwardian Era (60 minutes or longer)
Mandy Altimus Stahl will discuss the Titanic from concept to completion, the sinking of the Titanic, and stories of the passengers. She will explain why Titanic was so significant. Displays include books, photographs, pamphlets, and reproduction newspapers that patrons are encouraged to look through. Each attendee will receive a boarding pass featuring a real passenger aboard the Titanic. After the program passengers may check for their name in the sea of 2,208 passengers on the Titanic list.

Massillon & the Great War (WWI) (60 minutes)
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America's involvement in World War I, Mandy Altimus Stahl has compiled a thorough presentation of Massillon and Stark County's contributions to the war. Take a journey from the early 1900s leading up to the Great War, and learn how the first World War led to the second.

Early Massillon & Lost Kendal (60 minutes)
Before Massillon, there was Kendal, Ohio. The story of these communities is a tapestry of local, national, and international history. Learn about Stahl's discoveries in researching her book, Early Massillon & Lost Kendal (2017, Arcadia Publishing). Learn about the Ohio frontier and its pioneers from 1812 to 1860. Click here for further information.

Massillon and the Underground Railroad (60 minutes)
For her book, Early Massillon and Lost Kendal, Stahl extensively researched the era from 1811 to 1860, when the Underground Railroad was most active in Massillon. “The Underground Railroad was an important part of our city’s history. It is impressive to learn how many compassionate people and abolitionists lived in Kendal and Massillon, and we hosted lecturer Lucretia Coffin Mott in 1847.”

The Great Depression & The New Deal (1929-1940) (60 minutes)
Learn about the causes and aftermath of the Stock Market crash of 1929, and how America scrambled to recover.

Massillon Theaters of Stage & Screen (60 minutes)
Audiences have been entertained on stage and on screen for more than 150 years. Learn about local early film theaters, theatre troops, heartwarming stories and scandal.

Entertainment of the early 1900s (30-60 minutes)
Using audio and video clips, Mandy Altimus Stahl will share various sources of entertainment of the early 1900s, including Vaudeville, vinyl records, sheet music, amusement parks, and more. Learn about the social structure of the era and the technological advancements that came from entertainment.

Jacob Coxey, Massillon & The Progressive Era (45 minutes)
Jacob Coxey led the first protest march on Washington D.C., leading a group of unemployed men from Massillon to DC on foot. Coxey's ideas on public works were 40 years ahead of their time. Learn more about one of Massillon's eccentric and famous characters.

Important Women of Massillon (30 minutes)
Massillon women include the first female to run for president to world famous singers and photographers. Learn about the most interesting ladies in Massillon's history.

The History of Early Silent Film 1870-1910 (30-60 minutes)
Where do our moving pictures come from? Mandy Altimus Stahl will lead audiences through the birth of the motion picture to the early narrative films of the 1900s, through the 1910s.


For Genealogists, Family History and Students:

Preserving Photographs & Documents (30-60 minutes)
Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl will lead you through the handling and preservation of photographs and documents, including case studies from the Massillon Museum collection. Attendees will get a printed resource guide for appraisals, archival supplies, restoration services, and more.

Recording Your History, Oral Histories: Preserving Stories (30-60 minutes) 
Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl will discuss why oral histories are important and provide online history resources for broader context. She will provide possible questions to ask your subject, what equipment you'll need, and what to do with your interview once it's complete.

For Museums and Historical Societies:

Intermediate Digitization for Museums (45 minutes)
Learn how to scan high resolution images and use them to engage your audiences. This includes uploading to photo-sharing websites, social media, and printing reproductions.

Case Study: Digitizing Photo Negatives (60 minutes)

Identifying Archival Materials (30 minutes)

Click here for her email.
Click here for her biography and lecture descriptions.


Christopher Craft:

Artful Living: Collaborative Educational Program Promoting the Arts (45 minutes) 

White House Experiences, Celebration 2007 (45 minutes) 

Films of The American Civil War (45 minutes or more with Q & A) 

Civil War Living History (45 minutes or more with Q & A) 

Civil War Technology (45 minutes or more with Q & A) 

Massillon and the Civil War (45-60 minutes) 

An Overview of the American Revolution (45 minutes) 

Abraham Lincoln (45 minutes)

Enduring Legacy of the American Civil War (45 minutes)

Click here for his email.


Alexandra Nicholis Coon: 

William T. Mathews: Painter of Presidents (30-60 minutes) 

Language of the Victorian Fan (30 minutes) 

Early-20th Century Women Photographers (30-40 minutes) 

Various Topics Related to Museum Studies (30-40 minutes) 

Click here for her email.


Scot Phillips:

Intro to Silkscreening (40-60 minutes)

Advanced Silkscreening (40-60 minutes)

Painting Massillon’s Murals (40-60 minutes)

Click here for his email.

 

 
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