​​​​​Chicago Department Stores

​A new lecture exploring Chicago's great retails stores from Sears to Carson's

Northern Illinois Historic League Preferred Partner

PLEASE NOTE:  March, April and May 2020 are full. I am no longer able to accept bookings for those months. 

Newest Programs

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Think History's Boring? Think again

COMING SOON! Debuting in 2020:

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Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty [historical portrayal]

Bad Blood: The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes [lecture/book review]

imagine having a talk with someone from the past ...


Imagine having a conversation with a celebrated First Lady, a survivor of the Titanic disaster, or an aviation pioneer. Or delving deep into the story of a renowned department store or legendary film.

I give voice to stories from the past. As entertaining as they are educational, these programs bring history alive in a fun, inspiring and educational way.

​​​​​The Little Black Dress

​An illustrated lecture exploring the history of the ultimate fashion icon

​​​​​Becoming Queen Elizabeth II

​Historical portrayal of the legendary monarch, set in the early 1990s

Christmas in the Movies [lecture/book review]

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It's my life's work to bring memorable women from the past alive and to tell historical stories so that lessons from the past are more meaningful and powerful.

Leslie Goddard


Bringing History

                        to life...