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OneHistory Presentations

OneHistory presentations have been successful with audiences from the Library of Congress and the National Archives to colleges and universities around the country and even--in modified versions--with elementary school children. All are designed to address issues of diversity in this country's history.

The narration of these presentations is informal. In keeping with the photographs, it's sometimes simply informative, sometimes powerfully serious, and sometimes funny. Each of these presentations is flexible in length. We have versions of the slide shows that range from 20 to 45 minutes. We introduce them, narrate them, and then have a question and answer period afterwards. The presentations are free of charge to public schools, K-12, in Chicago. For all other groups, there is a fee that varies from $150 to $250

Our Most Popular Presentation

Telling Images

Garnering remarkable responses from students and adults, these images reveal that the events and eras they have learned about look much different from the images in their history books. People of all ages find this new access to American history challenges their preconceptions.

Other Presentations

Visual Literacy
This presentation teaches students how to approach an image and deal with it as a primary document, a visual statement by an author or artist, and an aesthetic object. Images range from stunning FSA documentary photographs by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans to casta paintings created by Spanish artists during their initial occupation of South and Central America.

America's Children
Images of children give a new perspective on America's past, present, and future in terms of its children. This is, let us stress, not a presentation for young children, although it can be modified, like the others, for that audience.

Belles, Mammies and Heroines
Images of stereotypes and real women of the American South make this presentation a revelation for both young people and adults.

Black Women in History
These images come from archives all over the country, as well as family albums and dresser drawers. They tell an inspiring and challenging history with which most Americans are unfamiliar.

Children of the Depression
Primarily FSA photographs, the images in the presentation were created by some of America's greatest photographers--Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Walker Evans, et. al. They bring home the realities of the Great Depression to young people because of they elicit feelings of empathy and identification.

Blues Queens to Hip Hop Divas
Through images and lyrics, this presentation explores the line of cultural resistance among Black women from "Ma" Rainey to Queen Latifah and her hip hop cohort.

Trying It On
From young women who passed as men to fight in the Civil War to girls clowning around to workers in mines and fields, there have been women who tried on male clothing. What did the act represent to them, and what does it mean to us today?

The New Teachers Training Workshop

Teaching in the Visual Realm

Approaching a photograph, drawing, sheet music cover or political cartoon as a primary document can be an exciting experience for your students, as they gain information and insight. Do you know how to make the most of visual materials with your students? Click the title above for more information.




Two children choose to join a photo taken on the porch of a brothel in Aberdeen, Washington, in the early twentieth century.

INovember 1940, migrant cotton picker holding her baby Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona> Photo by Dorothea Lange.

Family snapshot, ca. 1960. Austin/Thompson Collection

na, 1940. Photo by Dorothea Lange. National Archives.

Tintype, ca. 1930.
Austin/Thompson Collection.