SME - Portals of Time
The Scout and the Schoolteacher
School teacher Victoria Westman and Wagon scout, former fur trapper and trader, Charles Taggert.
Taggert's contempt for the “civilized” immigrant will bring a smile to your face! His first experience on the Santa Fe Road in 1824 will enthrall you.
Listen as Mrs. Victoria Westman prepares to travel west on the Oregon Trail with her canine companion, Sotah. Learn what is required to make the arduous journey. Mrs. Westman will hold classes along the trail, all children are expected to participate. She will be using the 1836 McGuffey's Readers. Practice spelling, reading, arithmetic, and elocution. Imagine your group spending an entire day learning about wagon travel. Churn butter for your noon meal. Map the route and write postcards to the family left behind! Workbooks for “hands-on” study.
John Henry, Civil War Soldier
An unbiased look at the Civil War—two soldiers, both named John Henry, share their experiences from everyday camp chores to battle fields. A full-day in-depth hands-on program which involves drilling, flag design, rationing, and games.
Other programs include:
The Buffalo Hunters, 1860s -1870s - How one family made their mark on Kansas! Join Jedidiah and Sarah Star and their two teenage daughters as they hunt buffalo, smoke the meat, and sell meat and hides to trading posts. Hear how the demand changes the hunt over time, and how Sarah copes alone on the ranch.
How long does it take to skin a buffalo? - What do you do with the meat and hide? And the questions for all time: If there were so many buffalo in the early 1800s, what happened to them? Who were the people who followed the great herds of buffalo and harvested the meat, hides, and bones, and why did they do it? Questions are answered willingly and thoroughly.
About the Presenters:
The dynamic team of Belinda and Mike Adams. Gymnasium, stage, or outdoor setting—educational and entertaining assemblies and programs for all occasions and all ages—programs are designed to fit your site. Mike & Belinda Adams present American History that kids love to learn because they interact with it, become part of it, and take part of it home with them. Mike, Belinda and Thor offer a variety of programs that are sure to make even the most challenging audiences sit up and take notice.
"The students were delighted"
"Excellent program! History came alive..."
"Held students’ attention very well. Even the small children were enthralled"
All programs include displays of authentic artifacts and weaponry while highlighting different time periods! Begin with a one hour program, have them set up their camp and let students or visitors rotate through, or both!
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Age suitability: All ages
Travel restrictions: None — two or more programs when over 150 miles from home
(Travel expenses additional)
One hour program $250+ expenses
Three presentations $600+
One day in-depth study $600
For more information please see the SME website:
Belinda Adams/SME-Portals of Time
1415, 1350 Road
New Albany, KS 66736