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CIVIC PRESENTATIONS

Presentations are designed to meet your
needs in time length and content.
Time: 10 - 40 minutes (Question and Answer time can follow)

 

 

Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.

T-O-R-T-U-R-E. As the television camera focused on his face, Commander Jeremiah Denton, a Prisoner of War, blinked this word in Morse Code over and over. He sent a message to the world Jeremiah A Denton.Jr.from North Vietnam, while answering a reporter’s questions. After the war, Rear Admiral Denton received the Navy Cross–not for this message–but for his answer to the reporter’s question: “What do you think about your government’s actions?” Knowing he would be tortured more, Denton said, “…whatever the position of my government, I agree with it. I support it. I will support it as long as I live!”

Commander Denton also acted as the spokesperson for the first plane load of POWs returning from North Vietnam. His short three sentence speech is still remembered by many: “We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander-in-Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America!”

Jeremiah Denton's life story weaves in people and events that provided values and essential life-tools for him. A noted Naval aviator before the Vietnam War, he was a U.S. Senator from Alabama afterward.

POW/MIA poster

 

 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Third Friday of September

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Table Presentation

Storyteller, Anne Chancey Dalton uses a Remembrance Table to tell the moving story of Jeremiah Denton's life and the effects the war had on him, his wife, and seven children. Each item on a table set for one person with an empty chair leaning against the table is symbolic.

Originally called the POW/MIA Remembrance Table during the VietnamRemembrance Table War, it was used to remember Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. In today’s military, there is a Remembrance Table at every formal dinner, but there can be slight variations in items included on the table.

 

Link For More Information

Description of a Remembrance Table ceremony

http://www.sempercool.com/639/national-powmia-recognition-day/

 

 

 HISTORY

Dressed in period clothes, Anne Dalton includes humor and hope as she portrays women from other times. 

Trials and Triumphs of a Cassette Girl
(Marie-Francoise de Boisrenaud)

In 1704, twenty-three virtuous young French women came to La Mobile as prospective brides of the restless young bachelors. Each girl was provided a small trunk called a cassette, which contained a dowry. Because of this, these young women as well as later groups who came to La Mobile are often referred to as Cassette Girls. Marie acted as governess and matchmaker to the younger women, but ended up a spinster. Denied marriage to her true love by Commandant Bienville and his brother, she made life miserable for them, even as she reached out with compassion to the other colonists.

Capture Not Defeat (Marie Boisrenaud)
Marie Boisrenaud tells of a young man she knew well in La Mobile. St. Michael sailed from France to La Louisiane as a 14-year-old cabin boy. He experienced many life-threatening situations living in Indian villages to learn their languages. The Chickasaw and Choctaw used stories about him to try to control French leaders. Hear of his daring acts when he’s captured on a buffalo hunt by the Alabama Indians.    

Adventure of Alabama’s First French Family
(Madeline LaSalle)

Madeline LaSalleMadeline LaSalle was the only woman to arrive on Massacre Island (Dauphin Island, AL) in 1702 with over 100 men. Her husband, Nicolas LaSalle, was in charge of supplies for the new colony at La Mobile. Share the adventure, fear, and hope of the LaSalle family as they travel from France to La Mobile.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Jefferson: A Cousin’s Point of View (Betty Randolph)Betty Randolph
See Thomas Jefferson through the eyes of Betty Randolph, a leading lady of Colonial Williamsburg. Her husband Peyton Randolph, cousin of Thomas Jefferson, was president of the First Continental Congress. Hear her account of Peyton’s death in Philadelphia, which changed Jefferson’s position from alternate to delegate to the Second Continental Congress. This put him in position to write the Declaration of Independence. Learn about the beginning of the Library of Congress from Peyton Randolph’s personal library.

 

 

The Jailer’s Wife (Ann Pelham)

Ann PelhamAnn Pelham raised 5 of her 14 children in the Williamsburg gaol (jail). Her husband, Peter—organist at Bruton Parish Church, clerk in the House of Burgess among other jobs—was one of Williamsburg’s most respected citizens. Ann shares her struggles with duties of the jailer’s wife, caring for a large family with constant financial hardships, and socializing with the elite of Virginia. She tells about their most famous prisoner, Henry Hamilton, the “Hair-Buyer” and Thomas Jefferson’s reactions to him. Ann looks almost a hundred years into the future and tells about her great-grandson, John Pelham. General Robert E. Lee called the famous Civil War hero from Alabama the “Gallant Pelham”. 

 

Mother of the Wesleys (Susanna Wesley)

Mother of 19 children, Susanna Wesley was an educated and strong-willed woman of the 18th century. Seven daughters and three sons lived to adulthood. Susanna gets her claim to fame through her sons, John and Charles. John was the founder of the Methodist Church, and Charles wrote many hymns including “Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”

Because of social changes instigated by John Wesley, some give him credit for averting a revolution in England similar to the one in France. This presentation is from a historical perspective—not denominational.


Peggy Dow: Life with a Circuit Rider

Peggy Dow

Peggy, born and raised in Massachusetts, married Lorenzo Dow, an itinerant Methodist preacher in 1804. He had made his first trip into the wilderness--now parts of Alabama and Florida in 1803. She traveled with him on his 10th journey and published a journal of her adventures in 1814. She describes what life was like on the road--sometimes funny, at other times tragic--as they spread the Christian message. But life was never dull with "my" Lorenzo!


INSPIRATION

The Spyglass
Using the book, The Spy Glass, by Richard Paul Evans, Anne Dalton tells a story about a spyglass that enables the viewer to see what might be— instead of what is. Imagination is ignited by the spark of faith, and with faith comes hope and change. By sharing a vision and inspiring people to work together, goals can be achieved that benefit individuals, communities—even the whole world. The story is adapted to inspire visions for local situations.

HUMOR

The Three-Century WomanThree-Century Woman
Great-Grandma Breckenridge’s claim to fame is that she’s lived in three centuries. In January of 2001,reporters came to Whispering Oaks, Elder Care Facility to hear some of Mrs. Breckenridge’s experiences. She knows they want to hear stories, so looking like a Barbie doll she tells them “stories” that make her into Super Woman. Based on “The Three-Century Woman” by Richard Peck in Second Sight: Stories for a New Millennium.

The Case of the Stolen Stove  (10-15 minutes)
Imagine coming home to a house that has been burglarized. However, the only thing missing is the stove. With expertise, Anne Dalton tells you how to handle the situation.

 

Strange and Scary Happenings

Old Jeffrey
This is one of the best-authenticated ghost stories in history. Samuel and Susanna Wesley were too educated and rational to believe in ghosts, but something was definitely not right in their home in 1716. There were loud groans, stamping of feet, the sound of breaking of bottles, and knocks. Sometimes the house shook from top to bottom. Rev. Wesley seemed to be strongly disliked by “Old Jeffrey” as the children called the ghost, and little Hetty was his favorite. Susanna said he could bang and clang all he wanted as long as he didn’t disturb her devotions—he granted her wish

Pegues GhostWidow
How would you feel if a large ball of light followed you? In 1862 in Cahaba, Alabama a large white luminous ball moving a few feet above the ground appeared several times. Ms. Dalton will read scenes from her book, Dream Ghost, that describe this strange occurrence. Hear of similar modern-day events. 
 

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