Archaeology and How We Know Things About the Past

This presentation will discuss the ways archaeologists learn about the past and use it to help us understand the present and plan for the future.  Examples will be drawn from Ireland where the speaker has researched for 40 years, and focus on such modern day issues such as climate change over the past 10,000 years … Read more

Why No Snakes in Ireland (It’s Not Saint Patrick)

This presentation lays out the rich and complex archaeology of Ireland, perhaps the most recently inhabited part of the planet.  Discussion will begin with when the first colonizers arrived, where they came from and where they landed.  The presentation will include slides, music, video and requires no previous knowledge about archaeology. And yes, it will … Read more

The History of Black Baseball

As great as Jackie Robinson was, he was not the first American Black Baseball Player. This presentation will show the ways baseball has reflected the role of African Americans in baseball especially beginning in the 19th century, followed by the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Era where Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and so many other … Read more

Baseball and the American Dream

Baseball played a large role in the assimilation of 20th century immigrants to the United States, including the Speaker’s family.  Come discuss the way immigrants have used Baseball in becoming American. Bring your own family stories and learn from others. This multi-media presentation includes power-point slides, video, and music and even the swing of a … Read more

The Origin of Baseball (It’s Not Cooperstown?)

The origin of baseball as America’s pastime has long been pondered. As it turns out baseball has both mythical and historical origins, both of which play a big role in why baseball is so important to Americans.  This multi-media presentation includes power-point slides, video, music and even the swing of a bat!