Historical Stories

History is boring???  Not when experienced through a well-told story!   Sally takes audiences back in time to experience the lives of historical figures through vivid, imaginative, and suspense-filled storytelling.  There’s no better way to learn from the past than through exciting, clever stories about people of long ago who resemble us today.  Stories from the late 19th to early 20th century are her favorite to tell.

Samples:

  • Keeping Hinkle “Hinkle” —  When Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse underwent its renovation in 2014, the guiding mantra was “Keep Hinkle Hinkle.” This exciting story takes listeners through a well of memories stored in the rafters, bleachers, hoops, and bowels of the great Basketball cathedral to find out why everyone insisted on keeping Hinkle…Hinkle. (60-minutes)

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  • The Charm, the Harm, and the Daring of Dillinger — A suspense-filled story tracing the life of a run-of-the-mill boy who inadvertently received a world class criminal education that propelled him into a criminal career.  In following John Dillinger from boredom to desperation to sheer audacity, the story depicts the infamous trickster who out-witted law enforcement in a 14-month wild chase in and around the state of Indiana. (60-minutes)

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  • For the Love of May:  The Story of Indiana’s Premiere Suffragist, May Wright Sewall — May Wright Sewall was Indiana’s premiere connection to the national woman’s suffrage movement. She was a highly influential women’s educator, suffragist, women’s rights advocate, and peace advocate at the turn of the century. Sally’s tale is a story of how in death and beyond, her husband Theodore’s love sustained her ahead-of-her-time, often controversial quest to live an ideal life of noble ambition. (45-minute story)

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  • Hugged by These Walls  — An inspiring story that walks through 120 years of memories from the building known longest as Central Ave. United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN.  Through the recollections of over 25 people whose lives were touched within the walls of Central Avenue Church, we hear a story of struggle and success through a century of change, and a determined people who learned how to love their ever-changing neighbors as themselves. (60-minutes)

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  • A Man at Sea — The story of a universally loved hymn that you will only fall more deeply in love with when you hear how its author came to pen the lyrics.  (10-15 minutes)
  • The Boy Who Could Not Sing — The story of a 17th century boy who wanted to make music, but could not sing.  In his persistence he found a way to make music that changed the course of music history.  (10-15 minutes)
  • The Survival of a Violin — The true story of a famous violin that survived theft, abuse, and reconstruction.  (10 minutes)