At the International Literacy
Photo by Marty Figley
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Gail and elementary students in Honesdale, PA,
talk about magic and The Amazing Harry Kellar.
Presentations are most appropriate for grades 4 to adult. Gail will work with a school to offer a program that best fits its students and curriculum.
Please contact her by email for more on fees and dates.
Examples of topics include:
- Researching Nonfiction - Using primary and secondary sources. Finding authoritative online information. Locating archival documents. Searching for
photographs and illustrations. Fact-checking. Taking notes. Avoiding
- Writing Technique - Eye-catching titles, engaging beginnings, page-turning middles, satisfying endings, essential revisions.
- The Path to Publication - Developing an idea into an article or book. Focusing the topic. Outlining, writing, and rewriting. Working with an editor.
Checking page proofs.
- Bubonic Plague
History of Plague
Plague in the United States
Biology of Plague - how it spreads, how it affects the body, how it can be controlled
- Typhoid Fever
Typhoid Mary and why her case still matters
How disease detectives end outbreaks
When having dirty hands could kill you
Pellagra and Epidemiology
In Frewsburg, New York, Gail shows 7th & 8th grade students Robert H. Jackson's elementary school report cards -- a sample of the archival documents she used in her research of the justice's life.
In a presentation to middle and high school students,
Gail discusses Robert Jackson's Opening Address
at the 1945 Nuremberg Trial.
How scientists stopped the pellagra epidemic
What you don’t eat can make you sick
How changes in the South post-Civil War led to the pellagra outbreak
- Harry Kellar and Magic
Kellar’s life and career from a small-town childhood
to international star
The secrets behind magic
Entertainment from post-Civil War to
early 20th century
- Civil War Spy Balloons
Abraham Lincoln’s Spies
- Robert H. Jackson
How he rose from farm boy to Supreme Court
Researching his life
New Deal & FDR
World War II
Nuremberg Trial and International Law
freedom of speech & religion
At Washington's Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with Lincoln's Flying Spies:
Celebrating the day with Thaddeus Lowe's great-great grandson, Lance Ferm.
Gail meets "Thaddeus Lowe" and "Abraham Lincoln" on the National Mall. Behind them is a replica of Lowe's spy balloon.
A new plaque marks the historic spot where Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated
his balloon for President Lincoln 150 years ago.
Pictures from other events:
Gail attends the National Press Club Book Fair
Robert H. Jackson: New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor was a featured title for the Big Read in New York's Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. After a Big Read event held at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York, Gail signs a book for Juanita Wallace Jackson.
Gail gives presentation about
Lincoln’s Flying Spies
at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.
Book Signing at the launch of a replica of Thaddeus Lowe's Civil War spy balloon. Genesee Country Village and Museum, Mumford, NY.
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