Shelley Hendry, the key presenter for History Come to Life, passed away on May 23, 2021 in a tragic car wreck. She now has been united with her Savior Jesus Christ and her husband Jim, who founded this ministry before his passing in 2015.
This site is now dedicated to honoring their ministry and legacy.
What if you could have some of the greatest men and women in history come to your retirement community? You can!
History Come to Life will bring inspirational characters of the past to you! Your residents could be inspired, encouraged, and challenged by figures such as First Lady Dolley Madison, concentration camp survivor Corrie ten Boom, or blind poet and songwriter “Fanny” Crosby.
Our programs bring educational and cultural enrichment to special events at many retirement communities—a wonderful “perk” for residents. They also provide the perfect opportunity for residents to invite family and friends to share in a never-to-be-forgotten experience. They will be the topic of conversation for some time afterward. And consider these as an unusual way to market your facility...an amenity that spans the generations, enriches lives, honors the noble lives of past eras, and offers marvelous experiences of depth and perspective from the wonderful world of history come to life.
Programs for retirement communities could be presented as a Saturday matinee, a Saturday evening feature, a Sunday matinee, or other special events. Several could be used as part of a Sunday vespers program or a morning worship service. Mrs. "Dolley" Madison could share her thoughts in an after-dinner speech or Anna Warner could speak during an afternoon tea. Or perhaps granddaughters could join their grandfather for an afternoon ice cream social and meet a hero of history for a personal visit and have their photograph taken with her. And all of these marvelous possibilities are ways to bring enrichment to the lives of your residents and their families while using your own facilities adapted for each presentation. We can also consider developing additional characters for our repertoire to be commissioned by your facility.
Meet our heroes and heroines. They can share their stories and one-man/one-woman shows with appearances adapted to your time frame, and audience desires and interests.
We believe these programs will be a great asset to your residents, staff and their families and will enhance your facility's attractiveness to prospective clients. Contact us today to see what we can do for your retirement community.
Blinded as an infant by an incompetent doctor, Fanny never pitied herself because of her condition. Encouraged by her family, she attended, and later taught at, New York Institute for the Blind, where her gift for writing poetry was brought into full blossom. First woman to address Congress, friend of Presidents, her 6,000 hymns such as "Blessed Assurance," "Rescue the Perishing," and "To God be the Glory," have inspired untold millions.
Corrie ten Boom and her family helped many Jewish people flee the horror of the Nazis. As a result, her family were sent to concentration camps, where most of them died. In spite of the horrid conditions, Corrie and her sister Betsy were able to share God's love with many of their fellow inmates. Betsy eventually died, but Corrie was released due to an “error” and traveled the world telling all who would listen that, “There is no pit within God's will where His great love is not deeper still.
The daughter of Quaker parents, Dolley grew to become one of the most influential women in American history. Unusually educated for a woman of her time and married to Founding Father James Madison, Dolley served as White House hostess for both the widowed Thomas Jefferson and her own husband. Her gracious manner put all men at ease in her presence, be they tradesmen or diplomats. Her stories of her widely varied experiences will entertain, amuse and inspir
Anna Jackson was well educated and strong in her convictions, a compassionate, yet firm, complement to her warrior husband. Because she grew up in a strong, close family, she was able to provide the love and security the orphaned Thomas lacked in his early years. She was also able to tell about the side of the feared and fabled Stonewall that few others saw--his tenderness and playfulness in private, his love for children--even getting on his hands and knees to play "horsey" with them, his heart for building up his fellow man--including organizing and leading a Sunday school for slaves in Lexington. The stories of "The Widow of the Confederacy" will bring both tears and laughter.
Known best for authoring the beloved hymn "Jesus Loves Me," Anna Warner had a vibrant ministry during her lifetime to generations of young people. Anna and her sister, Susan, were prolific writers and avid gardeners. They also started a vibrant Bible study ministry to the cadets at West Point, which was right across the Hudson River from their home on Constitution Island.
You may not have heard of Lilias Trotter, but you know the hymn she inspired—“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” She left her life of privilege in England and her promising art career to settle in hostile Algeria. Dismissing her because she was a woman, the Algerian men accused her of being a British spy. But for the sake of the gospel, she never quit, no matter how many obstacles were in her path. You’ll marvel as you read about this woman’s passion for the impossible, her brilliantly gifted life, and the miraculous ways the Lord used her to share the gospel.