Presentations can be adapted to meet your
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of the Wesleys (Susanna Wesley) Mother of 19 children, Susanna Wesley was an
strong-willed woman of the 18th century. Seven daughters and
three sons lived to adulthood. Susanna gets her claim to fame through her
sons John and Charles. John was the founder of the Methodist Church, and
Charles wrote many hymns including “Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”
Anne Dalton has done Susanna Wesley
presentations around the US and many times
in England including the Pier
Theatre in Bournemouth.
Anne Chancey Dalton presented Susanna Wesley to the Young at Heart group in such a realistic manner, that the mood was not broken despite a raging storm. When a tornado sighting required the group to move to safety, everyone responded to the frightening situation with calm. Then, we enjoyed learning of the life and times in which Susanna lived and faced her storms of life from within and without. As Susanna, Anne remained calm and responded to questions, making it seem as if Susanna was indeed among us demonstrating her faith and resilience during tumultuous times."
Young at Heart Program Committee, Asbury UMC, Birmingham, AL
Presentations for any denomination
can include the following topics:
Prayer and Praise
Peggy Dow: Life with a Circuit Rider
Peggy, born and raised in Massachusetts, married Lorenzo Dow, an itinerant Methodist preacher in 1804. He had made his first trip into the wilderness--now parts of Alabama and Florida in 1803. She traveled with him on his 10th journey and published a journal of her adventures in 1814. She describes what life was like on the road--sometimes funny, at other times tragic--as they spread the Christian message. But life was never dull with "my" Lorenzo!
The Women that
Traveled with Jesus Mary Magdalene steps out of time to tell her personal, first hand account,
of the ministry of Jesus. By the light of an ancient flickering oil lamp,
Mary recounts in exciting details the daily life of the women that traveled
with Jesus and the inner workings of the circle of Apostles. She breathes
vivid life into the books of the New Testament. The experience is enhanced
with period clothes and an actual Jewish oil lamp.
Beatitudes Mary Magdalene, a woman poor in spirit, reveals new insights into the
words Jesus taught the disciples on the mountainside—words that change
lives. As Mary describes events in the life of Jesus, you will see and feel
him living out the beatitudes. And perhaps, you will understand how you can
apply them more fully in your life.
Magdalene at the Tomb Jesus set Mary free from seven evil spirits. Forever filled with love for
the Lord, she tells her story of serving Him and others to show her
appreciation. Through Mary’s eyes, you will relive the last week of Jesus’
life, his death and resurrection. Thorns
from the Holy Land like those used in the crown of thorns will make the
experience even more realistic. "The presentation was spellbinding! Mary was so real it seemed she was
standing among us!" Robin McNew, Springfield UMC, Panama City.
Mary—Mother of Jesus Experience Mary’s life from a different point of view.
She is open and honest about her joy, her fears, and her doubts. You are an
eyewitness to her difficult choices and the exhilaration and consequences
“I’ve heard so
many positive comments about your portrayal of Mary. Your message of being
willing to serve whether young or old touched our hearts. This season
of Advent will be richer because of your gift—illuminating Mary’s choice and
service. Hilda Cox FUMC Milton, Florida
Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.
T-O-R-T-U-R-E. As the television camera focused on his face, Commander Jeremiah Denton, a Prisoner of War, blinked this word in Morse Code over and over. He sent a message to the world from North Vietnam, while answering a reporter’s questions. After the war, Rear Admiral Denton received the Navy Cross–not for this message–but for his answer to the reporter’s question: “What do you think about your government’s actions?” Knowing he would be tortured more, Denton said, “…whatever the position of my government, I agree with it. I support it. I will support it as long as I live!” Years later, he continued this vow by becoming a congressman from Alabama in the United States Senate.
Commander Denton also acted as the spokesperson for the first plane load of POWs returning from North Vietnam. His short three sentence speech is still remembered by many: “We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander-in-Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America!”
Jeremiah Denton's life story weaves in people and events that provided values and essential life-tools for him. A noted Naval aviator before the Vietnam War, he was a U.S. Senator from Alabama afterward. For ages 12+
Originally called the POW/MIA Remembrance Table during the Vietnam War, it was used to remember Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. In today’s military, there is a Remembrance Table at every formal dinner, but there can be slight variations in items included on the table. Storyteller, Anne Chancey Dalton uses each item on a table set for one person to tell the moving story of Jeremiah Denton's life and the effects the war had on his wife and seven children.
The Spyglass Using the book, The Spyglass, by
Richard Paul Evans, Anne Dalton tells a story about a spyglass that enables
the viewer to see what might be—instead of what is. Imagination is ignited
by the spark of faith, and with faith comes hope and change. By sharing a
vision and inspiring people to work together, goals can be achieved that
benefit individuals, communities—even the whole world. The story is adapted
to inspire visions for local situations.
Dressed in period clothes, Anne Dalton includes humor and hope as she portrays 18th century women.
Marie-Francoise de Boisrenaud
18th century French governess of the Cassette Girls
18th century French colonist
My Cousin, Thomas Jefferson’s - 18th century Colonial America
Wife of Peter Pelham, Bruton Parish organist and keeper of the jail (Great-grandmother of John Pelham, AL Civil War hero) - 18th century Colonial America
Trials and Triumphs of a Cassette Girl
(Marie-Francoise de Boisrenaud)
In 1704, virtuous young French women—each with her dowry in a small trunk called a cassette—came to La Louisiane as prospective brides of the restless young bachelors. Marie acted as governess and matchmaker to the younger women, but she ended up a spinster. Independent and strong-willed Marie confronted Commandant Bienville about his methods of running the colony. Battle lines were drawn when she sided with colonists against him. In retaliation, he prevented her marriage to the man she loved. Marie tells sad and funny tales about life in the wilderness—colonists battling Indians, disease, and each other.
New Hope UMC was very pleased with the presentation Anne Dalton gave of theFrench Cassette girls--“mail order brides”--that came to Mobile. Our church and community received a wonderful lesson about life on the Gulf Coast in the early 1700s through the eyes of the young French woman, Marie Broisrenaud. Not only did Anne entertain us, but we also learned of early “Alabamians.”
A visiting couple from the community who attended her presentation decided to make our church their church home. Rodney Smith, New Hope UMC, Gateswood, AL
Adventure of Alabama’s First French Family (Madelaine LaSalle)
Madeline LaSalle was the only woman to arrive on Massacre Island (DauphinIsland, AL) in 1702 with over 100 men. Her husband, Nicolas LaSalle, was in charge of supplies for the new colony at La Mobile. Share the adventure, fear, and hope of the LaSalle family as they travel from France to La Mobile.
My Cousin, Thomas Jefferson: (Betty Randolph)
Betty Randolph, a leading lady of Colonial Williamsburg, tells family stories about Thomas Jefferson. Her husband, Peyton—Thomas’s cousin—was president of the First Continental Congress. Hear her account of Peyton’s death in Philadelphia, which put Thomas Jefferson in position to write the Declaration of Independence. Learn about the beginning of the Library of Congress .
The Jailer’s Wife (Ann Pelham)
Ann Pelham raised 5 of her 14 children in the Williamsburg gaol (jail). Her husband, Peter—organist at Bruton Parish Church, clerk in the House of Burgess among other jobs—was one of Williamsburg’s most respected citizens. Ann tells of her struggles with her duties as the jailer’s wife, caring for a large family with constant financial hardships, and socializing with the elite of Virginia. She reveals tidbits about their most famous prisoner, Henry Hamilton, the “Hair-Buyer” and Thomas Jefferson’s reactions to him. Ann looks almost a hundred years into the future and tells about her great-grandson, John Pelham. General Robert E. Lee called the famous Civil War hero from Alabama the “Gallant Pelham”.
“I’ve seen six of Ms Dalton’s presentations
with audiences ranging from less than ten to several hundred. They were