NARRATED SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
(Michael Tougias is represented by Young Audiences, please call them at 617-629-9262)
The Mayflower to King Philip's
Author Michael Tougias brings local history to life through his exciting stories and events from the Mayflower to King Philip's War. Using artifacts, slides, and period diaries Michael helps students explore the 1600's in New England and a different way of life. will give a lecture and slide presentation on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76. Michael is the co-author of King Philip's Indian War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict and author of the acclaimed Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War).
The first part of the presentation will discuss the Indian way of life, Colonial settlements, and the events leading up to the war. The second part covers the battles and the strategy during this cataclysmic war, which on a per capita basis was the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history. Questions and answers follow. The presentation can be altered for any age group from first grade to high school.
Michael also motivates students to write, by showing how his ideas are turned into books. He brings an example of his "sloppy copy" (rough draft) and shows how it is continually improved before publication. Former Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Massachusetts and member of the Wampanoag Tribe, Edith Andrews, is quoted on the novel's back cover, commenting that Until I Have No Country "captures the essence of the Native American." King Philip's War has been acclaimed in Booklist as "superb" and by the Boston Globe as "fascinating".
Quabbin - Past and Present
Environmental, history, construction, nature slide program.
Ten Hours Until Dawn
Narrated slide presentation of the dramatic sea rescue and tragedy during "The Blizzard of 1978".
There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse (Humor and Environment)
Narrated slide presentation; history, science, nature.
"Students loved reading Ten Hours Until Dawn, and meeting the author and exchanging ideas added to the experience" - Alison Connelly - Bishop Fenwick High School.
"Most interesting presentation, teachers and students loved it." Carolyn Glue, Principal Ware Elementary School.
"He's wonderful! Very engaging. The students were absorbed totally. I hope he can come back next year."---Weston High School, Susan Majors
"You demonstrated how the world of history, nature, publishing and work in general relates to the students schoolwork. Thanks again for your time and talent."--Parmenter Elementary School, Franklin, Nancy Rappa
"Excellent presentation and well researched." --Taunton High School, Bill Hanna, History Chair
"A great presentation. Lots of questions from the kids."--Martin Middle School, Taunton, Dick Paulson
"Fascinating. He educated while entertaining."--Diamond Regional High School, Fall River
"Everyone loved it"--Norfolk Boy Scouts
"Very informative"--Norfolk Middle School
"The students were amazed that those events happened where they lived. Visuals were super for student understanding--we want you to come back next year."--Program Director, Foxboro Schools
"Your presentation was well planned and organized, and your in-depth knowledge clearly visible. You presented with the student's level of understanding in mind and you involved the students in discussion."--Mrs. Melo, Oak St School