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.
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 the wife of General “Stonewall” Jackson discuss the dilemmas and paradoxes of the war. 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? How about letting Anna Warner share the story behind the beloved hymn "Jesus Loves Me"?
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.
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.