Historical Presentations

Inspire and engage your society, friends, coworkers, and/or volunteers with an engaging presentation on Edmonton’s fascinating past. The webinars are based on Tom’s twenty years experience researching and relating Edmonton’s stories. They are delivered via Zoom or google meets, over which he uses google slides and some live activities. They can be delivered at any time. Prices range from $50 to $150, but there is movement on either side of that for charities and non-profits. Please contact (bottom of this form) for more discussion on pricing.

 

The Men’s Sheds organization in Edmonton recently offered a testimonial:

  • Tom weaves stories about local Edmonton history that moved me to wonder at how we got here and to question where we could go as a community. ”  
  • “Tom has a playful grasp of history that he weaves into stories that helped me to see our common humanity with the people of our past. “
  • Tom tells riveting and relatable stories about local history that help to see how we work and struggle to overcome adversity.” 

The Edmonton & District Historical Society testified:

  • “Tom Long speaks very well, knows his historic facts and puts on an engaging presentation.  He captivates the audience, transporting them into the past and back to the present while sharing his passion and enthusiasm for the history of western Canada.”

FAKE NEWS AT FORT EDMONTON: The 1885 Resistance comes to the River City

Length: 1 hour – 1:30 hours.
Recommended audience: 3-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
Fake news, rumours, and ignorance on the edges of the North-West Resistance contributed to panic spreading far from the sites of any actual battles. Edmonton had its own distinct experience, with a rumour of massive Indigenous uprising, supposed secret ambushes, daring horse messengers, and a mischievous cat out for a midnight stroll. The stories of Edmonton’s experience in the Resistance are more relevant than ever.

SAY WHAT? Eight Unbelievable Stories of Edmonton’s Past

Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Recommended audience: 3-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
Some bits of history are just so bizarre, you can’t believe they actually happened. Take a journey through nine ridiculous stories and, in the end, guess which one of them is a fake. Truth is stranger than fiction!


CITY OF CHAMPIONS: Stories of Petitions, Protests, and Action in Edmonton’s Past. 

Length: 1 hour – 1:30 hours.
Recommended audience: 3-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
From fur traders’ demands to suffragists’ demonstrations, Edmonton has been home to champions, advocates, and activists for hundreds of years. Hear stories of those who questioned, pushed, demanded, and strove – sometimes even for causes we might shrink from today. Leave inspired to take action yourself – it’s the most Edmonton thing you can do. 

TRIPMEN, BRAROES, AND BOURGEOIS: Remembering Life, Labour, and Class in the 19th Century Fur Trade

Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Recommended audience: 1-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
For over a hundred years before the first settler arrived, the fur-trading companies built outposts, bought beaver, and lived their lives in Edmonton and throughout the North-west. Peel back the curtain and take a trip back in time and meet Paulet Paul, John Rowand, and Margaret McKay – some of Edmonton’s forgotten figures.

REMEMBERING THE FIRST LADY OF FORT EDMONTON: Louise Umphreville

Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Recommended audience: 1-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
For over forty years, Louise Umphreville was probably the most powerful Metis woman on the prairies. She owned a vast herd of horses, lived in the largest building west of Hudson’s Bay, and held a position of some authority over the women and children of Edmonton. Today there is nothing named after her and most Edmontonians could not bring her name to mind if asked. This presentation explores what we know of Louise and her life, labours, tragedies, and legacy.

EDMONTON’S IDENTITIES: The History of a City in Search of Itself

Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Recommended audience: 1-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
The River City. The City of Champions. The Gateway to the North. Edmonton has collected names the way an actor takes on roles. But is there a title that truly sums up our city, and should there be? This presentation takes a trip through Edmonton’s identities past and present in order to inform a discussion on our future.

EDMONTON’S MOUSTACHE GALLERY: The History of Lip-Tackle in the 19th and early 20th Centuries

Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Recommended audience: 1-30 persons
Delivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.
This short, amusing presentation looks at the evolution of facial hair in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and only occasionally takes a moment to see what we can learn from the changing world of men’s upper lips.

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