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Speakers' Bureau

 

Cost:

Groups within the city of Massillon or within 30 miles of Massillon, suggested donation.
Groups 31-60 miles from Massillon there is a $40 minimum fee, and 60-100 miles is a $60 minimum fee.

We accept cash, credit cards, or checks made payable to the Massillon Museum.

Scheduling:

To schedule a program, please contact the staff member you are interested in inviting to speak, or call 330-833-4061. Click here for staff emails. If you have difficulty finding a speaker, feel free to contact Education and Outreach Manager Megan Fitze, 330-833-4061 x104 or by email.

Presentations are booked on a first-come first-serve basis, so please be flexible; not all dates are available.

Choosing a Topic:

Our staff are passionate about the topics listed below. The list is presented by topic or by presenter.

If you need to know more about our staff presenters, please view our most recent Annual Report for full biographical information.

Presentations: Listed by Topic

General History:

  • Titanic & the End of the Edwardian Era
    (60 minutes or longer, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • The American Civil War
    (45 minutes or more with Q & A, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Civil War Living History
    (45 minutes or more with Q & A, Christopher Craft)  
     
  • The Social, Political and Diplomatic Significance of the Battle of Antietam
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft)  
     
  • Entertainment of the early 1900s
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • An Overview of the American Revolution
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Abraham Lincoln
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft)

Massillon History:

  • Massillon and the Civil War
    (45-60 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Massillon & the Great War (WWI)
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Early Massillon & Lost Kendal
    (40-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Massillon Theaters of Stage & Screen
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Jacob Coxey, Massillon & The Progressive Era
    (45 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Important Women of Massillon
    (30 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Early Massillon Photographers
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon)
     
  • Painting Massillon’s Murals
    (40-60 minutes, Scot Phillips)
     

Preservation How-To, Exhibits, & Museum Studies:

  • Preserving Photographs & Documents
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Recording Your History, Oral Histories: Preserving Stories
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl) 
     
  • Genealogy of the Massillon Area
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl) 
     
  • Intermediate Digitization for Museums
    (45 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Digital Media Technology in Museum Exhibits & Education
    (45 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Case Study: Digitizing Photo Negatives
    (60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • How to Research with Primary & Secondary Resources
    (45 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • Film as a Historic Resource
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)
     
  • How to Create a Museum Exhibit
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon) 
     
  • Various Topics Related to Museum Studies
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon) 
     

Art History, Discussions, and Demonstrations:

  • Early-20th Century Women Photographers
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon)
     
  • Artful Living: Collaborative Educational Program Promoting the Arts
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Opportunities and Careers in Art
    (45 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • William T. Mathews: Painter of Presidents
    (30-60 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon) 
     
  • Dada and Surrealism
    (30-40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon)
     
  • Intro to Silkscreening
    (40-60 minutes, Scot Phillips)
     
  • Advanced Silkscreening
    (40-60 minutes, Scot Phillips)
     
  • Photochemical Photobooth
    (20-30 minutes, Scot Phillips)

Other Special Interests:

  • Christmas Party at the White House, Celebration 2007
  • (45 minutes, Christopher Craft) 
     
  • Language of the Victorian Fan
    (40 minutes, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, with Mandy Altimus Stahl) 
     
  • Early Silent Film 1870-1920
    (30-60 minutes, Mandy Altimus Stahl)

Presentations: Listed by Presenter

 

Mandy Altimus Stahl:
 

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 why Titanic was so significant. 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 local 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)
Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl will lead you through the handling and preservation of photographs and documents, including case studies from the Massillon Museum collection. Attendees will get a printed resource guide for appraisals, archival supplies, restoration services, and more.

Recording Your History, Oral Histories: Preserving Stories (30-60 minutes) 
Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl will discuss why oral histories are important and provide online history resources for broader context. She will provide possible questions to ask your subject, what equipment you'll need, and what to do with your interview once it's complete.

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)

Click here for her email.
Click here for her biography and lecture descriptions.


Christopher Craft:

Artful Living: Collaborative Educational Program Promoting the Arts (45 minutes) 

Christmas Party at the White House, Celebration 2007 (45 minutes) 

Opportunities and Careers in Art (45 minutes) 

The American Civil War (45 minutes or more with Q & A) 

Civil War Living History (45 minutes or more with Q & A) 

The Social, Political and Diplomatic Significance of the Battle of Antietam (45 minutes) 

Massillon and the Civil War (45-60 minutes) 

An Overview of the American Revolution (45 minutes) 

Abraham Lincoln (45 minutes)

Click here for his email.


Alexandra Nicholis Coon: 

William T. Mathews: Painter of Presidents (30-60 minutes) 

Language of the Victorian Fan (20 minutes) 

Early-20th Century Women Photographers (30-40 minutes) 

Early Massillon Photographers (30-40 minutes) 

How to Create a Museum Exhibit (30-40 minutes) 

Various Topics Related to Museum Studies (30-40 minutes) 

Dada and Surrealism (30-40 minutes)

Click here for her email.


Scot Phillips:

Intro to Silkscreening (40-60 minutes)

Advanced Silkscreening (40-60 minutes)

Photochemical Photobooth (20-30 minutes)

Painting Massillon’s Murals (40-60 minutes)

Click here for his email.

   
 

 

   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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