Come Hear Me Speak!

The following list shows places I'm speaking, although some are for private groups or clubs.  If you know someone in one of the clubs, you can probably ask about being a guest.  Keep watching for updates!  I'll also post updates as they come up on the page "A Rare Titanic Family" on Facebook.  In the following list, speeches in Bold are for A Rare Titanic Family.  Speeches in Italics are for my book Wings of Opportunity:  The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.

ALL NEW!!!  I now appear as Sylvia Caldwell, who tells the Titanic story as though it's summer, 1912.  This 50-minute one-woman show was developed for the Florida Chautauqua and has been shown in many other venues as well.  I have to admit, it's a LOT of fun.  Ask me about it!  (That's me in costume as Sylvia, at left.)  NOTE:  I appear in costume at both types of Titanic shows (traditional or Sylvia show).

Those wishing to hear about the Titanic may select either the traditional PowerPoint show based on the stories of the Titanic my great-uncle told me, or they may choose to have me perform as Sylvia.

I also speak on:

 *History of the Mass Media  

 *Carrie Ingalls, Frontier Journalist (You may remember Carrie from Little House on the Prairie)            

 *Non-fiction writing

Unless noted, all times are in Central Time (US).  I'll always bring my book for sale and will take cash, checks, or credit cards.  In Alabama, the price with tax is $23.  The price varies in each state according to the state sales tax.

If you have a group you'd like me to speak to, do contact me through my publisher, NewSouth Books:, or 334-834-3556.


Monday, April 13 -- I will appear on Antiques Roadshow (US) on PBS, showing my Titanic memorabilia! 

Wednesday, April 22 -- Lebanon-Laclede County Library, 915 S Jefferson Ave, Lebanon, MO 65536, (417) 532-2148, Lebanon, Missouri, 6:30 p.m.  I will perform as Sylvia here.

Friday, April 24 --  I'll be doing a new presentation, "Finding Sylvia," at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Mo., which focuses on descendants of the presidents and TV stars you knew when you were a child, if you grew up in the USA.  I was invited back because I won the Ella Dickey Literacy Award there last year for my book, A Rare Titanic Family, and I'm to speak about the book this year to the Cherry Blossom Book Club on Friday,  April 24, at the Marshfield Assembly of God, 1538 W. Washington St., Marshfield, at 3:10 p.m.  Book club members are welcome to my event there, as are potential members, so come as a potential member to hear me speak about "Finding Sylvia."  I knew Albert Caldwell, my great-uncle who survived the Titanic, well, but when I was asked to write about and perform as Sylvia, I really had to find Sylvia, his first wife, whom I never knew.  I'll also answer questions on the book.  On Friday evening, April 24, at 7 p.m., I'll introduce Helen Benziger, the great-granddaughter of Unsinkable Molly Brown of the Titanic.  Helen will be winning the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative for preserving her family's Titanic history.  The award is Marshfield’s highest honor.  Tickets are $25 each.  Call 417-872-8174 to reserve a ticket.  The event will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 515 E. Washington St., Marshfield.  Do come for the whole three-day festival, which is a blast!  Jefferson Davis's great-great-grandson will speak about the end of the Civil War; Winston Churchill's great-grandson will speak about him; you can have pastries with the White House pastry chef and meet the stars of the Waltons and Andy Griffith Show and the vixen on Dallas -- hint -- the vixen on Dallas was also Opie's girlfriend.   Last year I had a meal with or met relatives of Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, James Polk, Jackie Kennedy, Grover Cleveland, Harry Truman, James Monroe, and my personal favorite, John Tyler's grandson (yes, that's correct -- John Tyler, president #10, six presidents before Lincoln, has two grandsons still living... amazing).  Check out the website: Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri.  

MOVED TO MAY  15 -- (Thursday, April 9 -- Shelby County Arts Council.) 

Friday, May 15 -- Shelby County Arts Council, 104 Mildred St., Columbiana, AL, 6 or 7 p.m. (to be determined,, 205-669-0044.  Further details to come.  I will perform as Sylvia here. 

Tuesday, July 21 -- I'll perform my Traditional Titanic show at Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach, NC, at 6 p.m. Eastern time.  

Thursday, July 23 -- I'll perform in a Titanic Dessert event after dinner at the North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum.  Details to be worked out.  I will perform as Sylvia here. 

Thursday, August 20 -- I'll speak about the Wright Brothers' time in Alabama for the Post Card Club, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1400 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL, 7 p.m.

Tentative Sept.  17-20 -- Titanic Museum Germany, Dortmund, Germany.  I'll be scheduled to speak on Saturday, Sept. 19, most likely.  Further details to be announced.