Leslie Goddard

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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.

Think History's Boring? Think again


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

COMING SOON! Debuting in 2020:

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​​​​​Becoming Queen Elizabeth II

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

​​​​​The Little Black Dress

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

Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty [historical portrayal]

PLEASE NOTE: My schedule for 2019 is full. I am no longer able to accept bookings for 2019. March 2020 is also full.

Newest Programs

Northern Illinois Historic League Preferred Partner

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Bringing History

                        to life...

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.

Christmas in the Movies [lecture/book review]

​​​​​Chicago Department Stores

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

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