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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 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.

Contact us at any time to discuss a presentation!

Our Most Popular Presentations

Examining the Evidence: Seven Strategies for Teaching with Primary SourcesBased on the Capstone book of the same title, this presentation introduces the authors' seven strategies and applies them to a variety of intriguing and stimulating primary sources. This is intensive training in teaching with primary source material. Flexible workshop length

Intended Audience: K-8 or high school teachers (two versions)

Teaching in the Visual Realm: Fostering Visual Literacy Approaching a photograph, drawing, sheet music cover or political cartoon as a primary source can be an exciting experience for your students. This presentation helps you teach them how to approach an image and deal with it as a primary source, a visual statement by an author or artist, and an aesthetic object. Flexible workshop length

Intended Audience: K-8 or high school teachers (two versions)

Telling Images, Moving Voices: An Inclusive View of American History This presentation of carefully chosen primary sources reveals that the events and eras in our textbooks are not all there is to history. The sources include photographs and other images as well as excerpts from diaries, letters, interviews, and oral histories. This unique access to American history challenges preconceptions and expands understanding. Presentation length: one hour. Can be booked with a workshop following.

Intended Audience: Upper elementary through high school

Other Presentations

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.




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A Farahi girl waits for humanitarian aid, near Farah City, Afghanistan, February 9, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup.


Family snapshot, ca. 1960. Austin/Thompson Collection.

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


Woman reading, ca. 1900.
Moorland Spingarn Research Center, Howard University.