of the Inland Seas: Take a voyage across the Inland Seas and discover
the music and the stories of the Great Lakes. Hear about the sinking of
the Eastland, the Persia, and the Edmund Fitzgerald;
find out what happened to the Christmas Tree ship and the Bigler
to name a few. (If you enjoy the music from the Great Lakes, be
sure to check out Lee
Bringing Home Cleveland Mountain: Dr. John
Lang Cassels recalls his trip to the Upper Peninsula in 1846. This was
the beginning of the shipping of iron ore on the Great Lakes. (available
as either a first person character program or a storytelling program with
Canal Songs and Stories: Take a voyage back in time with this unique
program that provides vivid insight to Ohio's Canal period. Songs, stories
and slides bring this exciting era to life. Travel back to 1797 when George
Washington pioneered the way for a canal system in Ohio; relive the debates
that led up to the Act of 1825 that gave the go-ahead to carve a waterway
through Ohio; follow Alfred Kelley down the canal as it is being built.
Enjoy the stories and listen to the songs featuring those by canal captain
Pearl R. Nye.
A Cruise Into The Past On The Walk-In-The-Water:
This one-act play by Susan Brewer will transport you back to the time
when the first steamboat sailed across Lake Erie.
Great Lakes Stories: Sea stories abound in this general program
that will cover such items as the discovery of Iron at the Straights of
Saint Mary, the Leonid Meteor Shower, and an assortment of ship's stories
and lake legends.
Of November: Sailors on the Great Lakes know that November is the
wortst month! Hear the stories of some famous and not-so-famous sinkings
in that treacherous month.
Lakes Ladies: Meet some special ladies Abigail Becker,
who rescued more than four sailors off the treacherous Long Point Shoals
of Lake Erie; Maebelle Mason, who saved a man from drowning by the Mamajuda
Light in the Detroit River when she was fourteen years old; and Harriet
Colfax, who manned the Michigan City Light for more than 40
years to name a few! Companion
Lady of the Lake: Travel back to the 1890s when steamships crossed
the Great Lakes carrying passengers and cargo. Hear some of the exciting
tales from the Lakes when you meet Sarah Comstock -- wife of Captain Michael
Comstock. Mrs. Comstock will tell you about a daring rescue made by a
brave 14 year old girl, the terrible storm that sunk the ship Amelia,
and the only Captain to ever race the land and win! These are just some
of the exciting stories from the Great Lakes that Sarah will share with
you. Companion book and teacher's guide
A Model For Disaster: Did you know there were TWO Fitzgeralds?
Maybe one of the Great Lakes most famous disasters could have been averted
if they hadn't named the SECOND Fitz after the FIRST -- you wouldn't
name another boat the Titanic, would you? Find out how the Fitzgerald
sank TWICE with this one-act play by Shelley Pearsall. Companion
book available: HOW THE FITZGERALD SANK TWICE. Read an excerpt!
My Favorite Monsters: Lake Monsters and other Characters fill this
fun program of the Great Lakes and their not-so-serious side. Companion
Next Stop, Freedom!: Relive the drama of the
Underground Railroad with this program which focuses on the role of the
Great Lakes in the Underground Railroad. Available as a first person character
program or as a storytelling program, it is a perfect way to learn about
the Underground Railroad and the importance of the Great Lakes during
this time in our country's history. (Available as a storytelling program
or a first person character program) Companion
Study Guide available.
Over The Falls (or Yours Til Niagara Falls):
This one-act play can best be described as a documentary with a sense
of humor. Find out what Native American Indian tribe the first explorers
found at the Falls in the 17th century; what famous bridge-builder built
the Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge and WHO was Godfrey Frankenstein
was in this wacky trip Over The Falls!
Rise At Sunrise, Rest By Midnight: Relive the drama of the Underground
Railroad through Ohio across Lake Erie to freedom in Canada with this
moving one-act play by Shelley Pearsall (Cleveland Bicentennial Playwriting
Award Winner) Companion Study Guide
A Storm Like You've Never Seen Before:
The Gale of 1913 was one of the most devastating storms on the Great Lakes.
Find out about the men and the boats who survived (and those that didn't)
in this special storytelling program.
as a PowerPoint presentation) Companion
Ho, Ho and A Bottle of Rum!:
Have you ever wondered what was happening on the Inland Seas during Prohibition?
Now you can find out in a new program about rum running on the Lakes.
Hear the tales of boats and pirates and the rest of the characters who
were involved in helping to quench the thirst of Americans during those
available as a PowerPoint presentation)
storytelling programs are researched, scripted Reader's Theatre presentations.
YOU KNOW -- The Great Lakes, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior,
contain about 1/5 of the world's supply of fresh water -- enough water
to fill up a swimming pool the size of the United States with 15 feet
of water? Strangely, an inordinate number of ships named Owen
sank in the Great Lakes.
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