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Speaker's Bureau: Mandy Altimus Stahl

Mandy Altimus Stahl Biography

Mandy Altimus Stahl graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude with honors. Altimus Stahl began her Massillon Museum career in 2004, now serving as Archivist. She has produced films such as Prodigal Daughters, The Legacy of Steel, Adaptations, Seafaring Forefathers, The Greatest Generation, and Faces of Rural America. She recently published an Arcadia Publishing Images of America series book Early Massillon and Lost Kendal. She was proud to have appeared on the Travel Channel’s show “Mysteries at the Museum” in Season 8, Episode 2 (2015), retelling the tale of Jacob Coxey’s 1894 protest march from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington D.C.

Altimus Stahl has an extensive list of lectures available. Since 2012, she has traveled across Ohio to deliver her lecture on the sinking of the Titanic more than 55 times. She has presented at conferences for the Ohio Local History Alliance, Ohio Museums Association, and was the 2016 Society of Ohio Archivists’ plenary speaker. She volunteers her time to enhance genealogical resources online, including Altimus Stahl serves on the Massillon Historic Preservation Commission and as Secretary/Treasurer for the Charity School of Kendal Foundation Board.

In 2015, Altimus Stahl and her family published her grandfather’s World War II prisoner of war memoirs, Forced March: From the Bulge to Berchtesgaden by Major John J. Mohn, for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. She has traveled across the state, lecturing about World War II and sharing his story.

Altimus Stahl’s fine art photography business is a member of the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce. Her photographs have been exhibited in juried shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Vermont, published in the highly competitive International Photography Annual (INPHA 2 and 4), produced by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio (2014 and 2016), and have won several awards. Her one-woman photography exhibit A Long Time Ago: The Fairytales of Mandy Altimus Pond debuted at Translations Art Gallery, Canton, Ohio in 2014, and traveled to Lynden Gallery in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania in 2015. She has published two photography books, A Long Time Ago, and Images of World War I, a collaboration with Faircrest Memorial Middle School and ArtsinStark to teach students about World War I and recreate photographs from the war. She was the recipient of a 2015 ArtsinStark special projects grant, and produced the exhibit Face of Hunger in Stark County, Ohio.

Lectures and Descriptions:

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 the early 1900s and why Titanic was so significant, marking the end of the Edwardian Era with its sinking. 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.

Massillon Theaters of Stage & Screen (60 minutes)
Audiences have been entertained on stage and on screen for more than 150 years. Learn about 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.

Early Silent Film 1870-1920 (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 1920s just before "talkie" sound films were invented.

For Genealogists, Family History and Students:

Preserving Photographs & Documents (30-60 minutes)
Recording Your History, Oral Histories: Preserving Stories (30-60 minutes) 
Genealogy of the Massillon Area (30-60 minutes) 
How to Research with Primary & Secondary Resources (45 minutes)
Film as a Historic Resource (30-60 minutes)

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.

Digital Media Technology in Museum Exhibits & Education (45 minutes)
Case Study: Digitizing Photo Negatives (60 minutes)

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