I am available to speak to groups and classes about California history and my books. I have a few presentations lined up — maybe you can make it to one of them.
Saturday, March 5th at 10 a.m. at the Chico History Museum. Ron Womack, Josie Reifschneider-Smith, and myself will be talking about ANCHR‘s new book, John Brown’s Family in Red Bluff. That’s John Brown the abolitionist of Harper’s Ferry fame. His wife and some of their children moved to Red Bluff in 1863.
Saturday, March 12th at 10 a.m. at the Lee Burrows Center for the Arts in Marysville. I’ll be talking about history and research and books. I’m looking forward to finding out more about Marysville, a town that is just jam-packed with Gold Rush history.
Saturday, March 19th at 10 a.m. at the Chico Veterans Hall. The DAR has invited me to talk about my books, especially my forthcoming book on Alvin Coffey. The book is not out yet, but the story is worth telling anytime.
Just about my favorite thing to do is talk to 4th grade classes. Fourth grade is when students learn about California history. They have so much history right here in their home towns! I hope that as the world opens up again I will be able to visit classes in person. If you know a teacher who would be interested, please tell them to contact me.
A few years ago Nick Anderson and I came up with a presentation in which I, as a lady reporter, interview Major John Bidwell in 1858. We had a lot of fun with it and Nick really enjoys getting into character as John Bidwell. If you are interesting in this one, give us plenty of notice so that we have time to rehearse.
I enjoy speaking to groups, whether it be to a 4th grade class about John and Annie Bidwell or a group of historically-minded adults about life in old Northern California. Please contact me if you are looking for a speaker. I’d love to meet you!