Programs for Retirement Communities

  • Are you looking for a program that will set your facility apart from your competitors?
  • One that will bring enrichment and entertainment to your residents?
  • One that will provide a special occasion to which residents will be eager to invite their loved ones to share?

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 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.

Living History is a great fit for retirement communities
Living History is a great fit for retirement communities

Characters Available

Corrie ten Boom

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.

Fanny Crosby

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.

Dorothea “Dolley” Madison

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

Susannah Spurgeon

Wife of beloved “Prince of Preachers” Charles Haddon Spurgeon, this remarkable woman was a true helpmate to her husband in every sense of the ideal of Scripture. A thoroughly cultivated woman of rare intellect and insight, she provided great refreshment of soul and mind to her husband both in his personal life and his ministry. A scholar and writer in her own right, she overcame physical limitations to begin the minister's book fund as well as facilitate the publication of both her and her husband's writings, serving on in semi-invalidism 12 years after her husband's death. Her one-woman play and her fireside readings provide a wealth of encouragement and comfort for Christian women of all walks

of life.

Susanna Wesley

Susanna Wesley was one of the primary influences in the lives of her sons John and Charles Wesley, and thus is known as “The Mother of Methodism,” and is one of the “hidden heroes” of the faith. Amid the frequent extended absences of her husband, she maintained her household and trained and educated her children. Her kind but firm discipline, her devotion to and dependence upon God, yielded a legacy that is still bearing fruit.

Anna Jackson

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 blacks in Lexington. The stories of "The Widow of the Confederacy" will bring both tears and laughter.

Anna Warner

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.