"Each year, I accept a select few bookings at public libraries and museums because I love the opportunity to work directly with kids and families, and value the insights I gain into how everyone understands and enjoys engaging with the past. My interactive programs for Public Libraries and Museums involve audiences in journeys into history, with humor and pathos, props and imagination."
Annette had every person in the room, even the "too cool for this" older kids, totally engrossed and fully participating. Annette did an amazing job of engaging the kids and showing the humanity of the colonists.
NEW Gone West!
Annette takes kids on an imaginary overland trip to the California Gold Rush. Dusting off this old cliche, Annette shows the environmental and human impact of the wagon trains, and the diverse and harrowing experiences of both the people who went West, and those they encountered. Using video and awesome visual effects, we make an unforgettable cross-country journey from Independence, MO to Sacramento, CA.
90 minute Workshop/Performance for Public Libraries & Museums (version available for schools, please enquire)
Aimed at ages 5-10, but younger and older children welcome
Could You Be A World War II Kid?
Do YOU have what it takes to be a World War II kid?
Find out when you take a time-travel journey to England in 1940!
With artifacts, multimedia, humor, and a genuine historian in character, kids and their grown-ups learn about the Blitz, wartime food rationing, the evacuation of schoolchildren, air raid preparations, and much more. They also become curious about WWII in America. But don't tell them that.
This program connects to Don't Know Where, Don't Know When, the first book in Annette Laing's Snipesville Chronicles series about three reluctant time travelers. Perfect for summer reading!
60/90-Minute Workshop/Performance for Public Libraries & Museums Only (Version available for schools: Please enquire)
Aimed at ages 5-11, but younger and older children welcome
Could You Be An American Colonist?
Sail on a Journey to Start a New Colony!
Meet Emily Oglethorpe, the, er, distant cousin of Georgia founder James Edward Oglethorpe, as you time-travel from London in 1735. Join eccentric Emily as you become a colonist, and cross the Atlantic to settle the new town of Frederica! This is colonial history as you have NEVER seen it before, with laughter, games, sound effects, and much more! It's also an eye-opening look at what it was like to travel to America hundreds of years ago. Although Emily is fictional, everything else in this program (including the kids' assumed identities) is based on actual historical accounts.
60/90-Minute Workshop/Performance for Public Libraries and Museums Only.
Aimed at ages 4-11, but younger and older children welcome