The characters of History Come to Life! can add interest to your classroom discussions. Dry facts take on flesh and blood as your students interact with someone who "was there."
Imagine discussing the Civil War and having General “Stonewall” Jackson discuss the dilemmas and paradoxes of the war. Or Kyd Douglas describing the everyday life of a soldier on the march, in camp, and in battle; or describing “first hand” the deplorable conditions of the federal POW camp on Johnson Island. What if, in the midst of your study of the Constitution, Patrick Henry came in to explain why he opposed it, and watch as your students realize how many of his concerns have come to pass. What if J. C. Penney came to describe the principles that make a business successful or the character qualities that can allow your students to become successful in their careers? Do you think it would make an impact on your students if Corrie ten Boom could describe in heart-wrenching detail the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp?
Characters can meet with individual classes, combined classes, or assemblies. Smaller groups (up to about 30) allow for more interaction, especially for older students; larger groups give more students the opportunity to experience the event.
Study guides can be made available to help teachers prepare the students for the meeting, follow up afterwards, and provide suggestions for additional related resources.
When speaking to drama/theater arts classes, after the character’s presentation the Hendrys are glad to speak to the group “out of character” to talk about script writing, research, characterization, stage movement, and other aspects of developing a living history persona.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.