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AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

Histories and Haunts can provide speakers and programs for
a variety of themes and time periods. Four of our most popular are:
GHOST STORIES/ PIRATES /CIVIL WAR / LOCAL HISTORY
All programs can be adapted for time, subject and audience.

Ghost Stories
Everyone likes a good scare and there is nothing scarier than the truth. From his own research, interviews, investigations and experiences Al has many “spirited” tales to tell.

Ghosts and Legends of Virginia Beach - The modern beach resort has a remarkable history that goes back centuries and so do the stories of strange and unusual occurrences. As “the scaryteller”, Al will tell you of the eerie events that occurred when a Native American burial ground was disturbed by a construction crew, about the Witch of Pungo’s curse, and about the crying baby that was heard following a tragic shipwreck. There are other stories about pirates, millionaires, psychics, heroes and everyday people, all dead and gone (or at least, dead).

Storytelling
Audience: all ages
Time: 1 hour
Cost: $100

Power Point Program
Audience: all ages
Time 1 hour
Cost: $150

Paranormal for the Normal (Part 1) –What is a ghost? Why can some people see ghosts and others can’t? Are ghosts good or evil? So many questions, but so few definite answers. Learn about the beliefs, traditions, the “land of the dead”, and find out how people over the years have tried to prove the existence of an afterlife.

Power Point Program
Audience: teen and adult
Time: 1 hour
Cost: $150

Paranormal for the Normal (Part 2) - Now that you understand the theories it’s time to learn how to do a basic ghost investigation. You’ll learn about the “tools of the trade” and how to prepare for an investigation. You’ll also pick up a few tips and techniques from veteran investigators.

Power Point Program
Audience: teen and adult
Time: 1 hour
Cost $150

Special!!
Combine Paranormal for the Normal (Parts 1 & 2) and save $50

Pirates
Thanks to Robert Lewis Stevenson, Disney’s Captain Hook, Errol Flynn and of course, Johnny Depp, pirates have been part of our lives for many, many years. Why do we admire these lawless, hyper-violent, thugs? Let’s face it – they wear neat clothes.

Rusty Bottoms – “Rusty” is harmless, friendly and a little bit silly but he loves telling his tall tales to the children. He also likes to share the gold and jewels he keeps in his treasure chest.

Audience: young children
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: $75 (includes “treasure items” for up to 20 children)

The Life of the Pirate – Using museum quality reproductions, Al talks about the “Golden Age of Piracy” (1680 to 1730). Subjects include local pirates, superstitions, weapons, tactics, economy, food, clothing and many more.

Audience: all ages
Time: 1 hour
Cost $150
Special rates are available for school programs (half day or all day).

Civil War
The American Civil War may be the single most significant event in our country’s history. More books have been written on that topic than any other subject in the world. However, few people know more than the very basic information required to pass from one grade to another. This is not a boring program about politics, battles, places or dates. It is an up-close, hands-on, look into the lives of the common soldiers and the people “back home”.

The Life of the Soldier – Using museum quality reproductions and information gleaned from nine years as an interpreter for the National Park Service, Al talks about food, games, clothing, manners, customs and medicine of the American Civil War era. Although dressed in the uniform of a Virginian the information given applies to everyone; northern, southern, military and civilian.

Audience: all ages
Time: 1 hour
Cost $150
Special rates are available for school programs (half day or all day).

Local History

Contact us for details about these subjects:

  • US Lifesaving Service
  • Cape Henry Lighthouses
  • The Witch of Pungo
  • German U-boats
  • Pirates
  • Shipwrecks

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