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Powerpoint Presentation

Cheryl A. Pula

57 New Hartford Street

New York Mills, NY 13417-1503

Cell:  219 308-0586

E-mail:  michigangrad76@yahoo.com

Website:  www.8thmilitary.com

     I do not charge a fee, but donations are gratefully accepted! I provide my own equipment (laptop, projector, extension cords, etc.) except for a screen. If you do not have one, a plain, blank wall is fine (preferably white or light color). Each program is tailored to 45-60 minutes, but can be shortened a little if necessary.


Battle of Oriskany

The pivotal battle fought near present day Rome (Fort Stanwix) and Oriskany, it proved to be a turning point in the American Revolution.

Hudson River Campaign

In 1777, the British campaign in the Hudson River Valley was an element of their plan to take Upstate New York and cut off New England from the Southern colonies.

Midnight Ride: Paul Revere and the Beginning of the American Revolution

We all know Paul Revere rode from Boston to Concord to warn ‘the British 

were coming.” But did he? Or was it someone else who made the ride?

Turning Point: The Battles of Saratoga

The Revolutionary War could have been won or lost in New York. One of the 

pivotal battles was Saratoga, actually two battles, and not really fought in 



Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in Oneida and Herkimer Counties

Prior to and during the Civil War, Oneida and Herkimer counties were recognized 

throughout the country as the most important areas for the abolitionist movement 

to emancipate the slaves, and several towns served as stops on the Underground


Bayonet!: The 20th Maine at Little Round Top

On July 2, 1863, a small regiment of soldiers from Maine stood on the end of the 

Federal line at Gettysburg. Along with three other regiments, it managed to save 

Little Round Top.

Civil War Battlefields, 1859 - 1861

Take a tour of modern vistas from Civil War battlefields and learn the events that 

occurred at them.

Field of Fire: The 146th New York in the Wilderness 

Known as the 5th Oneida County Regiment, the 146th New York Volunteers was 

raised in Oneida County, and was practically annihilated at the Battle of the 

Wilderness. Learn the history of these local Boys in Blue.

For the Support and Vindication of our National Flag: The 26th New York Volunteers

This is the story of the Second Oneida County regiment, and their role in the war.

Joshua Chamberlain: American Hero

A college professor from Maine became one of the heroes of the Battle of 

Gettysburg in his regiment’s defense of Little Round Top, July 2, 1863. He was 

awarded the Medal of Honor.

Luminaries: Famous Oneida County Civil War Personalities

Oneida County boasted many very important people who influenced the Civil 

War, including Henry Halleck, Lincoln’s Chief of Staff (Westernville); General 

Daniel Butterfield, who wrote Taps (Utica), and politicians Horatio Seymour and 

Roscoe Conkling among others.

Most Disastrous Day: The Life and Death of the Empire Battery

The story of the only Civil War artillery battery raised in Oneida County.

Only Honorable Marks: The 117th New York at Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher was considered impregnable, guarding Wilmington, North Carolina, 

the last open port in the South. The 117th New York (the Fourth Oneida County 

Regiment), was the first Union regiment to scale the fort’s ramparts and was 

instrumental in its eventual capture.

Singing Soldiers and Brass Bands: Civil War Music

Over 10,000 songs were written during the Civil War. Learn the histories of some 

of them, and sing along with the music!

Sultana: The Mississippi’s Titanic

In April 1865, the greatest disaster in American maritime history occurred---no, it 

was not the Titanic, but the steamship Sultana that exploded in the Mississippi 


Three Days at Gettysburg: July 1-3, 1863

It was the biggest and bloodiest battle ever fought in the Western hemisphere, 

with over 51,000 casualties in just 2 ½ days.

Time to Try Men’s Souls: the 14th New York on the Peninsula

The 14th was the first regiment of troops raised in Oneida County to go off to the 

war. This program highlights their contribution to McClellan’s Peninsula 


To Make Georgia Howl: Sherman’s March to the Sea

Acknowledged as one of history’s great military campaigns, William Tecumseh 

Sherman took his army “from Atlanta to the sea” and cut the Confederacy in half.  

(Note: The presenter is General Sherman’s 7th cousin!!)

Ulysses S. Grant: Mr. Lincoln’s General

Grant was one of the most maligned and misunderstood figures of the war.  

Contrary to popular belief, he was not a drunk, and penned the classic war 

memoir which is still in print today. This program covers the years 1822-1868.

Ulysses S. Grant: President

This continues the program above, covering the years of Grant’s presidency 

through his death in 1885.


Unvexed: Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign

In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant was tasked with capturing the last remaining 

Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River, thus cutting the Confederacy in 

half. This is the story of his campaign to do that. 

Women of the Civil War

Learn about some of the contributions women made to the war, including roles as 

doctors, nurses, spies, and even combat soldiers!

You Stand Alone…Fight Like Hell!: The 97th New York at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest of the war, and the 97th New York 

Volunteers (the Third Oneida County Regiment) was instrumental in that battle. 

This is their story.


Above and Beyond:  A History of the Medal of Honor

Established during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor (not the Congressional 

Medal of Honor, officially just Medal of Honor) is awarded to service personnel 

who have distinguished themselves above and beyond the call of duty in combat. 

Learn the history of this decoration, the highest offered by the United States.

Bewitched: The Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692

New England was plunged into a nightmare in 1692 when several girls began to

accuse people of witchcraft. Many people were sent to the gallows based on their 

testimony, and one man was pressed to death. How did this happen?

Big Nail: Cook, Peary and the Race to the Pole

Everyone knows Robert Peary was the first to reach the North Pole---or was he?  

Dr. Frederick Cook claimed to have reached the pole a year earlier. Who was 

first, Peary or Cook? Or did someone else beat them both to the Pole?

Bizarre History: All-American

Why didn’t George Washington have a presidential expense account? Who saved

Robert Todd Lincoln from being run over by a train? What animals did Teddy

Roosevelt have in the White House? What did Calvin Coolidge like to wear

instead of a hat? Who was “Lemonade Lucy?” Learn lots of interesting facts

about some of our most distinguished Americans.

Butch and Sundance: A Western Mystery

Immortalized in a 1968 movie, outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 

were reported killed in a shootout with South American police in Bolivia. But 

were they?  Many witnesses say they saw one or both outlaws long after they 

supposedly died.

Cahokia: Largest City of Ancient America

When London, England, was nothing but mud and thatch houses, Cahokia, the 

largest city in the Americas, was thriving in what is now Illinois. But then, almost 

overnight, the city and its inhabitants disappeared. Where did they go?

Empire State: The Making of an American Icon

There is more to the Empire State Building than King Kong climbing up the side. 

This program details the construction and history of the famous skyscraper, and 

the origin of the nickname, “Empire State.”

Faces in Stone: The Story of Mt. Rushmore

The largest carved relief in the world almost never became reality through lack of 

funds, lukewarm support from the public, and an overbearing sculptor. This is the 

history of the famous depiction of four Presidents in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Good-bye, Columbus: The Kensington Rune Stone

Think Columbus discovered America? You may have to think again, after 

hearing the story of a large graystone slab found in Minnesota, carved with 

Scandinavian runes that predated Columbus by more than 100 years.

Gunfight at the OK Corral

Tombstone, Arizona, was the site of one of the most famous, if not the most

famous gunfight in American history. It involved the Earp brothers, Wyatt,

Virgil and Morgan and their friend “Doc” Holliday against the McLaureys

and the Clantons. But did you know the gunfight didn’t take place at the OK

Corral? And were the good guys really that good?

Known But to God: The Tomb of the Unknowns

America’s unknown warriors lie in this tomb at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia.  

This is the story of how the Tomb came to be---and its connection to Oneida 


Lady Liberty: The Story of the Statue of Liberty

She may be the most recognizable symbol of American freedom, a gift from 

France to the United States, a colossal woman with a torch in New York Harbor.  

Whose idea was she? How was she constructed? This is her story.

Last Stand: The Battle of Little Bighorn

Known as Custer’s Last Stand, this battle was the worst defeat of the U.S. Army 

by native forces in history. It also marked the last victory for the Plains Indians.

Lincoln and Kennedy: Parallels and Coincidences

There are more than 100 coincidences and parallels between Presidents Lincoln 

and Kennedy, and their Vice Presidents, wives and assassins. Learn what they 


Lost Colony of Roanoke

Jamestown, Virginia was not the first British attempt to found a permanent colony 

in America, neither was Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first was on Roanoke

Island, in what is now North Carolina. The colonists disappeared, and no trace of

them has ever been found. What are the theories as to what became of them?

Lost Dutchman Mine: A Mystery of the Superstition Mountains

The Superstition Mountains of Arizona hide a fabulous treasure of gold according 

to legend. What is the story behind this legend, and where might the mine be 


Miracle on Ice: The 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team

They were a group of college kids, the youngest ice hockey team in American 

Olympic history (average age 21), but they took on the best in the world, and 

against the odds, won the gold medal 40 years ago, in 1980.

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow: The Myth of the Great Chicago Fire

In October 1871, the most famous fire in American history occurred. Most of 

Chicago was laid waste, supposedly when a cow kicked over a lantern. But the 

cow did not do it! If she did not, who did? And what is our local connection to the 

famous conflagration?

Mysterious Death of Billy the Kid

William Bonney, Billy the Kid, was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the Old West.  

Or was he? If it wasn’t him, who was it? And if he did not die, what became of 


Mystery Hill: America’s Stonehenge

In New Hampshire, just north of Boston, lies a ruin that some historians say is as 

old as Stonehenge in England. Who could have built it? There are several 


Mythconceptions: American History

Did you ever wonder if all those things they taught you about our history are 

correct? Did Franklin discover electricity with a kite and a key? What did they eat 

at the first Thanksgiving? Where was the Battle of Bunker Hill? Discover that our 

history is not what it seems…or what we’ve been told.

Night That Panicked America: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds

On October 30, 1938, millions of Americans listened to a radio broadcast and 

believed the United States was being attacked by Martians. How did this 

broadcast become one of the most famous in radio history?

Old Glory: A History of Our Flag

George M. Cohan said “she’s a grand old flag.” Did Betsy Ross really design it? 

If not, who did? How many national flags have we had, and what important 

events occurred during that time? Learn the history of the Stars and Stripes from 

the very beginning.

Only in America: Some Strange, Odd and Unique Festivals in the U.S.

Want someplace to go on vacation that’s different? How about the Bonnie and 

Clyde Festival, the Duct Tape Festival or even the Grumpy Old Men Festival? 

Learn about these and many more celebrations unique to the good ol’ USA.

To Proclaim Liberty: The Story of the Liberty Bell

Millions of tourists visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia each year. This is the 

story of the famous bell, and how it became cracked!


Great Halifax Explosion

Two ships collided in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, literally wiping 

out most of the town. It was the greatest man-made disaster in Canadian history.

Last Romanovs

The entire Russian imperial family was assassinated In Ekaterinburg, Russia. But

as soon as the event occurred, rumors began to circulate that one or more of the 

Romanov's may have escaped, especially Grand Duchess Anastasia. Did she?

Lost Battalion

The 308th Battalion of the 77th Infantry Division found itself surrounded by the

Germans in the Argonne Forest with no food, little ammo and no relief. Find out

how they made it out. This incident was the basis for the 2001 movie, The Lost

Battalion with Rick Schroeder.

Sabotage: The Black Tom Explosion

Learn the story of the explosion of the Black Tom ammunition depot in New 

York Harbor during World War I, the result of German sabotage.

Sinking of the Lusitania

We were taught the sinking of the liner Lusitania brought America into World

War I. Did it? What were the circumstances of the sinking? Was she carrying

contraband of war? If so, what was it?

 Who Killed the Red Baron?

He was Germany’s leading aerial ace of World War I, striking fear into the hearts

  of his opponents in his flaming red plane. This is the life and military career of 

Manfred von Richthofen.


Amber Room

A room constructed entirely of amber? Yes, and it was housed in Russia until 

it was stolen by the Germans and taken to Prussia. Then, in the waning months of 

the war, it disappeared. Where did it go?

Atomic Bombers: The B-29 Superfortress

The story of the B-29 Superfortress bomber, including operation “Silverplate,” the 

missions of the Enola Gay and Bock’s Car to drop the world’s first atomic bombs 

on Japan in 1945.

Bomber Boys: The Eighth Air Force in World War II England

The young men (average age 20) who flew the B-17 heavy bombers of the 8th 

Army Air Force in England suffered more casualties than any other branch of the 

service except the U.S. infantry. Learn what it was like to fly the dangerous

daylight bombing missions over Europe.

Bomber Boys: Stories From the 8th

Stories of some odd, weird and unbelievable things that happened to the young 

men who flew the B-17s: bombers can’t fly upside down, but one did; using the 

Olympic Stadium as a landmark for a bombing mission; Herman Goering’s 

nephew, who flew for the U.S. Army Air Force, and many more.

Day of Infamy: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

The United States was plunged into the war when the Japanese attacked the U.S. 

Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of this  


Day of Trinity: The Manhattan Project

Learn about the development of the world’s first atomic bomb.

Disappearance of Glenn Miller: A World War II Mystery 

On a flight to Paris in 1944, big band leader Glenn Miller disappeared along with 

two other people. There are theories as to what might have happened, but it can’t 

be proven, as no trace of him or his plane has ever been located.

Flight of Rudolph Hess

One of Adolf Hitler’s closest advisors, Rudolph Hess, flew to England to try and 

negotiate a peace with the British. This is the story of that famous flight.

Foo Fighters: World War II’s UFOs

Both Allied and Axis fighter pilots and bomber crews reported seeing strange 

glowing objects in their air space. Each side thought it was a new enemy weapon. 

What were they? Do we know even 75 years later?

Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway

Vastly outnumbered, a small American naval force defeated the Imperial Japanese 

Navy in the pivotal battle in the Pacific War just six months after Pearl Harbor.

Longest Day: June 6, 1944

This is the story of the Allied invasion of Europe. Learn about the preparations for 

the invasion and its aftermath.

Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility

The U.S. Navy conducted experiments to render ships invisible to radar. Some 

say one of the experiments went a little too far, not only making a destroyer escort 

invisible, but also transporting it through time and space. Others say the entire 

story is a hoax. You be the judge.

Raoul Wallenberg: Lost Diplomat

Oscar Schindler was made famous by a Steven Spielberg movie, Schindler’s List.  

A Czech munitions manufacturer, he saved 1,500 Jews from death. However, 

Raoul Wallenberg, the son of a famous Swedish family saved 9,000 Hungarian 

Jews from the same fate, yet hardly anyone remembers him. This is his story.

Saved!: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

In the waning months of the war, the cruiser Indianapolis delivered the  

components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the island of Tinian. After that, it 

was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Over 800 men survived, but only a little over 

300 were ultimately rescued. This is the story of what happened. 

Sink the Bismarck!

In early 1941, the Germans launched the deadliest battleship in the world, the 

Bismarck. She was built to sink British convoys, and the British needed to sink 

her at all costs. This is the story of that quest.

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo: The Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942

Just five months after Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. James Doolittle led 16 U.S. Army B-

25 bombers on a raid on Japan in what was considered a suicide mission.  The 

basis for the movie, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.


Collision Course: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria

On July 25, 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria and the Swedish liner Stockholm 

collided off Nantucket. Over 60 lives were lost, even though both ships saw each 

other and were equipped with radar. How did this happen? Who was responsible? 

Ice Water Mansions: Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

Over 25,000 ships have ‘gone missing’ in America’s treacherous inland seas, so 

many that Lloyd’s of London will not insure the ships that sail there. Learn the 

fates of many of these ships, including the most famous of all, the Edmund 


Mary Celeste: Derelict Ship of the Atlantic

The Mary Celeste was found sailing on her own off the Azores, her crew missing.  

To this day, no one knows what happened to them or where they might have 

gone. But there are theories!

Morro Castle: Fire at Sea

Before the Cuban Revolution, passenger ships from the U.S. made regular trips 

from New York to Havana. On one such trip, the liner Morro Castle caught fire 

under mysterious circumstances, and many people died. What, or who, could have 

caused the fire?

Night to Remember: RMS Titanic

2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous ocean liner with 

the loss of over 1,500 souls.

 Ourang Medan: Death Ship of the Indian Ocean

In June 1947, the Dutch freighter Ourang Medan was found adrift in the Indian

Ocean, her entire crew still aboard, but dead, their faces contorted in horror. The

ship was undamaged, and there was no clue as to what killed the crew. Here are


Vanished!: The Disappearance of the U.S.S. Cyclops

In the closing days of World War I, the collier U.S.S. Cyclops loaded up with 

manganese ore in South America, and set sail for Baltimore, Maryland. She 

disappeared, and no trace of her or her crew has ever been found. Explore the 

theories of what might have happened.


Amelia Earhart: Lost Legend

She was, and remains, the most famous aviatrix in world history. She disappeared 

on an around the world flight attempt in 1937, and no trace of her has ever been 

found. This program traces that flight, and offers some theories as to what might 

have become of her.

Apollo 13: The Successful Failure

The third manned mission to the moon seemed ill-fated from the beginning. 

During the flight, an explosion endangered the lives of the three astronauts, and 

began a life and death struggle for survival in space.

Brace for Impact: The Miracle on the Hudson

In January 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger achieved the impossible, 

landing a commercial jet airliner successfully in the Hudson River, saving all 


D. B. Cooper: The Unsolved Hijacking

The night before Thanksgiving 1970, a man boarded a flight in the northwest 

and hijacked the plane. He parachuted from the jet, never to be seen again. What

happened to him? This case remains the only unsolved hijacking in American 

aviation history.

Disappearance of Flight 19

In December 1945, a flight of five Navy Grumman Avenger torpedo bombers 

went missing in the infamous Bermuda Triangle. No trace of them has ever been 

found. What could have happened to them?

Hindenburg: Anatomy of a Disaster

She was the pride of Germany, a hydrogen filled dirigible that carried passengers 

across the Atlantic in the 1930s. In May 1937, she was landing at the U.S. Naval 

Station at Lakehurst, New Jersey when she exploded. Was it sabotage? Static 

electricity? A flammable skin? All of the above?

One Small Step: The Voyage of Apollo 11

The United States might have lagged behind in the space race at the beginning, 

but was the first to put a man on the moon, and still remains the only nation to 

have done so.  Hear the story behind Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man.”

Wright Stuff: Orville, Wilbur and Powered Flight

At Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, the Wright Brothers from Ohio became 

the first people to successfully fly a heavier than air craft. This is the story of 

how they did it.


Axeman of New Orleans

From 1918 to 1920, a murderous fiend stalked the streets of New Orleans, 

Louisiana, attacking people in their homes with an axe, his crimes eerily similar 

to Jack the Ripper thirty years before. Who was he? Will we ever know?

Cleveland Torso Murders

Elliot Ness became famous as the man who got Al Capone (not true!) and as the 

leader of The Untouchables. But later he faced a fiend called the Butcher of 

Kingsbury Run, whom he never caught. This is the only case Ness never solved, 

and still remains open today.

Escape From Alcatraz

No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz, or so the official line goes. But what 

happened to Frank Lee Morris and the Anglin brothers when they tried to get off 

‘The Rock?’ To this day, many say they escaped, others say they did not. This is 

the story of that famous escape attempt.

Forty Whacks: Lizzie Borden and Her Axe

‘Lizzie Borden had an axe, gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what 

she had done, gave her father forty-one.’ Just who was Lizzie Borden, and did she 

whack her parents? Here’s the real story behind the children’s rhyme.

From Hell: Jack the Ripper

He was the first acknowledged serial killer in history, and terrorized the 

Whitechapel District of London for several months in 1888. He was never 

identified, but there were plenty of suspects. Who were they?

Helter Skelter: The Manson Murders

Over two days in August 1969, Actress Sharon Tate, three of her friends, and grocery store magnate Leo LaBianca and his wife Rosemary were murdered. Clues pointed to the perpetrators being a “Family” of hippies and disgruntled youth led by enigmatic Charles Manson. This is the story of that famous incident.

High Crimes, Low IQs: Dumb Criminals

Yes, these are stories of people who pull off less than the perfect crimes, such as

the man who held up a pizza parlor where he worked, while still wearing his

uniform; the man who had a case of beer strapped into his car with a seat belt,

while his child sat unrestrained on the floor; the bright guy who robbed an off

duty police officer in the lobby of a hotel hosting a convention of 300 narcotics

cops, and more.

It’s the Law: Weird, Bizarre and Amusing Laws Still on the Books in The U.S.

Did you know whaling is illegal in Oklahoma? Or in Colorado, you can’t legally 

borrow your neighbor’s vacuum cleaner? In New York, flirting in public is illegal. 

Learn about these and lots of other odd laws still on the books around the country.

Judge Crater, Call Your Office: 1930’s Most Famous Disappearance

On August 6, 1930, New York Judge Joseph Force Crater had dinner with friends

then left to attend a play. He never arrived, and he hasn’t been seen since. What

happened to him? Here are some theories.

Kidnapped!: The Lindbergh Case

Charles Lindbergh, Jr., son of the famous aviator, was abducted from his home in 

Hopewell, New Jersey in 1932. German immigrant Bruno Richard Hauptmann 

was arrested, tried and executed for the crime. But did he do it? Some say no.

“My Name is Ted:” The Ted Bundy Murders

Over several years in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and Florida, many young women from 14 years of age to the late 20s went missing. What happened to them was a mystery until a routine traffic stop nabbed one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, Ted Bundy. This program discusses the manhunt, his capture and fate.

This is the Zodiac Speaking

California was terrorized by a serial killer in the late 1960s and early 1970s who 

took the name Zodiac. He was never caught. This case was the basis for two 

movies, Dirty Harry with Clint Eastwood, and Zodiac with Jake Gyllenhaal and 

Robert Downey, Jr.

Where is Jimmy Hoffa?

In July 1975, teamster Jimmy Hoffa went to a restaurant outside of Detroit to 

meet with leaders of organized crime. He disappeared. While we know what 

happened to him, his body was never found, so we don’t know where he is. Here 

are some theories.

Who Killed the Black Dahlia?

It is one of the most famous murder mysteries in California. Elizabeth Short was 

brutally murdered, cut in half, and left in a vacant lot. To this day, no one knows 

who perpetrated the crime, and it is still an open case with the LAPD. But there 

are suspects.


Easter Island: The Mystery of the Statues 

Easter Island is the most isolated spot on earth, and has one of its great mysteries, 

huge stone heads called moai. Who made the statues? How were they made and 

moved to their present locations?

King Tut: A Question of Murder?

He was the most powerful ruler in the world, and died when only nineteen. Some 

historians say he was murdered. If so, how? And who could have done it?

Last Days of Pompeii

The story of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August 79 AD, and the fate of the 

famous city of Pompeii.

Mythconceptions: The Ancient World

History isn’t always what we were taught. Who actually built the pyramids of

Egypt? Did Nero fiddle while Rome burned? What did the “thumbs up” gesture

during a gladiator fight really mean? Find out with this program.

Nazca: The Mystery of the Lines

They are huge drawings on the Nazca Plain in Peru, including a spider, a condor, 

a frog, a ‘spaceman’ and geometric figures. They are visible only from the air, 

yet are centuries old. Who made them? How? And why?

Riddle of the Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx, half man-half lion, guards the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. 

How old is this famous statue? Who built it? Do we know?

Ten Plagues of Egypt

The Bible outlines ten plagues vested by God on Egypt when the Pharaoh would 

not free the Israelites. But if the plagues weren’t divinely inspired, what could 

have caused them?

Trojan War

It lasted ten years, and began when Helen of Sparta, a Greek queen went away 

with Paris, a prince of Troy, abandoning her husband. The King sent a flotilla of 

ships and troops to bring her back. Or was there even a war? It was written about 

by Homer in The Iliad and The Odyssey, or was it all just mythological?


Chernobyl: Nuclear Disaster

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred at the V.I. Lenin

Nuclear Power Plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine. Learn what happened, why, and the 

after effects we still feel today.

Dead Mountain: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

In 1959, ten hikers in Russia went on an adventure into the wintry Ural Mountains. Only one came back. The others were later found dead, frozen in the Siberian tundra. What happened to them? To this day, no one really knows. But there are theories.

Krakatoa, West of Java

The loudest sound in recorded history was the eruption of Krakatoa volcano in the 

1880s. It was also one of the deadliest, with over 30,000 casualties. Learn the 

story of this historic event.

Man in the Iron Mask

Many movies have been made about a mysterious prisoner held in various French 

jails in the 1700s. Theories as to who he was include a prince; a woman; a spy; a 

king’s twin brother; authors and poets. Who could he---or she---have been?

Oak Island Money Pit

On a small island off the coast of North America is the most famous mystery in 

Canadian history. Oak Island possesses a pit that might contain a pirate treasure; 

lost manuscripts; payroll for Revolutionary War British soldiers; the treasure of 

the Knights Templar, or other items. Who dug the pit? Why?

Robin Hood, Maid Marian and the Merry Men

Many movies have been made about Robin Hood. But did he really exist, or was 

he just a figure in folklore? Here are theories as to who he might really have 


Viva El Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to celebrate its 

independence from Spain, right? Wrong on both counts. This program explains

 the real meaning behind the date, and the fact that it isn’t a holiday in Mexico.

Zulu: The Defense of Rorke’s Drift

In 1879, fewer than 200 British soldiers held off an attack of over 4,000 Zulu 

warriors in South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu war. This event was the basis for 

the 1964 movie, Zulu, with Michael Caine and Stanley Baker.


Great Airship Mystery of 1896-1897

Reports of UFO’s aren’t new. Some of the earliest official reports come to us 

from the western U.S. in 1896. What could those strange lights in the sky have 


Michigan Swamp Gas Incident

What were those weird lights seen in the sky near Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1966 

flying at high rates of speed and executing maneuvers beyond the abilities of our 

best fighter jets? The official explanation---swamp gas! There are other theories. 

Find out what they were.

Rendlesham Forest: Britain’s Roswell

At Christmas 1980, odd lights were seen near an American Air Force base in the 

Rendlesham Forest of Britain. Many people think it was a nearby lighthouse, but 

others maintain trained military observers would not make such a mistake. Here 

are the facts as we know them.

Roswell Incident

In 1947, the most famous UFO case in American history occurred in New 

Mexico, near the Roswell Army Air Force Base, which was home to the 509th 

Bomb Group, the world’s first atomic air group. Rumors state wreckage of a 

flying saucer was retrieved, along with alien bodies. Could this be true?


Bigfoot: Denizen of the Forests

For centuries, people have reported seeing large, hairy, manlike creatures in the 

forests and mountains of the world. There have even been sightings in Central 

New York (Chittenango, Cazenovia). What could these beasts be?

In Search of Lake Monsters

Everyone has heard of the famous Loch Ness monster in Scotland, affectionately 

known as Nessie. But just about every country in the world claims its own lake 

monster, including New York’s Champ. What could they be?

Jersey Devil

It lives in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a creature described as part horse, with 

bat wings, hooves and hair. Some say it is the spawn of the Devil. The Legend 

began with the Leeds family, and has grown. What could it be? Whatever it is, it lent its name to an NHL hockey team---the Jersey Devils.

Men in Black

They seemingly appear from nowhere, usually after sightings of Unidentified 

Flying Objects. They intimidate witnesses, threaten people, and try to collect 

information on the sightings. And no, they are not Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones. But who or what are they?


Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was a sleepy little town until people reported 

seeing a strange, huge-bat like creature hanging out at a local abandoned TNT 

factory. It appeared in yards, on porches, and even chased people in their cars.  

What could it be? This was the basis for the Richard Gere movie, The Mothman



Bell Witch: An American Haunting

Something odd happened in northwestern Tennessee in the early 1800s. It 

remains the only documented case of poltergeist activity in American history, 

witnessed by a future President of the United States.

Crop Circles

Just what are those weird designs that appear in farmer’s cornfields and wheat 

crops? How long have people been seeing them? What could cause them?  

Theories abound.

Curse of the Hope Diamond

It is the most visited exhibit in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., a large blue 

diamond. Where did it come from? And is it cursed? Many think so, as the 

owners of the gem always seem to run into bad luck.

Dancing Coffins of Barbados: The Chase Vault

The Chase Family vault on the island of Barbados does contain coffins that can’t 

seem to sit still. What could cause them to continually rearrange themselves?

Marfa: The Mystery of the Lights

What are those weird lights that have been seen near the Texas town of Marfa 

since the 1880s? UFOs? Earth lights? St. Elmo’s fire? Explore some of the 

theories as to what they could be. 

Nativity and the Star of Bethlehem

The story of the Christmas Star is very well known. Many scientists say it 

was not a single star, but could have been a conjunction of planets, or a comet, or 

a meteor, or any number of things. 

Seneca Guns

What are those mysterious “booms” heard over Seneca Lake in Upstate New 

York? Sonic booms? Escaping gas deposits? Thunder? Lightning? It’s anyone’s 

guess, as the source of the sound has not been identified since James Fenimore 

Cooper wrote about it in the 1800s.

Tunguska Event: The Great 1908 Siberian Explosion

Something exploded over the desolate Siberian tundra in 1908, and flattened 

hundreds of miles of forest, caused compasses all over the world to go haywire, 

and strange atmospheric phenomena. What could it have been? A comet?  

Meteor? Alien spaceship? 


Bizarre History: Leaders…Really?

Did you know Roman Emperor Caligula was named after a shoe? Or that

by the time he died, William the Conqueror was too fat to fit into his coffin?

What was Vlad Dracula’s unique solution to poverty? How did the term

“graveyard shift” come into being? Learn about some of the weird history

surrounding many of the world’s leaders, past and present.

Bizarre History: Weird War Stories

How did Mount Vernon get its name? Who was the “Bull Dog of the Black Sea?”

What famous sea captain was involved in the Rum Rebellion? Why did Ohio and

Michigan almost go to war? Why was the U.S. Naval Academy founded? You’ll

find the answers to these questions and more in this program.

Christmas Symbols

Ever wonder how we got the Christmas tree? What does a candy cane 

symbolize? Who was the original Santa Claus? Who is the poinsettia named 

after? This program answers all those questions and more, about familiar 

Christmas symbols.

Mythconceptions: “Hey, I Never Said That!”

Think you know who said some of the most famous quotes in history…or what 

they actually said? Who really said “Let them eat cake?” What about “All that

glitters is not gold?” Did Captain Kirk ever say, “Beam me up, Scotty?” Find

out who said what and what they said in this program.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Based on the famous writings of Robert Ripley. Learn about some weird people 

and things in the world, like the Chinese man who covered himself with 1.1 

million bees; a pink grasshopper; the woman who survived the sinking of the 

Titanic, the Lusitania and the Britannic, and many more. These are really odd

Weird Vacation Destinations

Ever visit the National Funeral Museum? How about the Pig War Museum or the

  Kazoo Museum? This program features some of the weird, odd and usual 

museums and roadside attractions in the U.S. and abroad. It’s fun!


In the Beginning: Everyday Items

Want to know who invented the umbrella? What about buttons? Where did Velcro 

come from? Or paperclips? See this program and find put how these and other 

everyday things were invented.

In the Beginning: Food and Drink

Learn about the origins of some of our favorite foods, including pancakes, the

sandwich, TV dinners, brown and serve rolls, nachos, peanut butter, and more.

It’s enough to make you hungry!

In the Beginning: Health and Medicine

This program gives information about the history and development of various 

health items, like aspirin, band-aids, dentures, toilet paper, petroleum jelly, and 

lots of other things. 

In the Beginning: Toys and Games

How was Silly Putty invented? What about the yo-yo, Rubik’s Cube, the piggy

bank, poker, Lincoln Logs, and more of the world’s favorite toys. It’ll take you

back to your childhood.  


Remember When…..

Even wonder what celebrities or famous people looked like when they were younger? Or as a baby? We have photos of them when they were kids. We’ll show you a photo and you see if you can identify them.

The Name Game

Many famous people don’t use their birth names when they become famous, but 

use pseudonyms or “stage names.” For example, Muhammad Ali was born 

Cassius Clay. In this program, we give the birth name of actors, artists, politicians 

or historical figures, and the attendees have to guess who they are.

On Second Thought…

Did you know Harrison Ford wasn’t the first pick to play Indiana Jones? Or 

Vivien Leigh to portray Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind? Then who 

were? See this program to find out who the second…or third…or fourth picks 

were who made iconic roles famous…or the roles that made the actors famous.


I Never Thought I’d Get Published

This is the story of how I had my first book published, The Children’s Crusade: 

The Eighth Air Force Series, Book 1. Covers conception of the original idea,

            through writing, submission, and publication. I also discuss the pluses of self

            publishing vs. “traditional” publishing.


These are designed as multiple sessions, to be scheduled weekly (or once a month) as classes or a series of lectures. The number in parenthesis is the number of classes or sessions (not to be confused with the single, one-hour programs listed above).

Battle of the Little Bighorn (4)

Bomber Boys: The 8th Air Force in World War II England (4)

American Civil War (8)

Day of Infamy: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor (4)

Hollywood and History (8)

Oneida County and the Civil War (8)

Three Days at Gettysburg (4)

Titanic and Her Times (4)

Ulysses S. Grant: Mr. Lincoln’s General (4)

Upstate New York in the War of the Rebellion (Revolutionary War) (4)

Who Am I? (8)


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