Publications and Presentations




“Beauty in a Gravestone”Connecticut Explored, Winter 2010/2011.

“Silas Deane”:  Connecticut Explored, Winter 2011/2012.  Also see:

“18th Century Gravestone Carvers, Nathan Hale Cemetery, Coventry, CT”:  Second edition published privately, 2013.

“A Tour of Nathan Hale Cemetery”: pamphlet published by Coventry, CT Cemetery Commission, 2011.

“A Tour of Grant Hill Cemetery”: pamphlet published by Coventry, CT Cemetery Commission, 2013.

The Undoing of Silas Deane”: Wethersfield Historical Society website, April 13, 2014.






To book a tour or presentation, please leave a request in comments, and I’ll send my email. If your cemetery is local, I can plan and present a tour if requested.  Thanks for your interest.

“Before Salem: The Great Hartford Witch Scare”:  Program about the witch trials that took place in and around Hartford from the 1640’s to 1670’s.  Liberally illustrated via Power Point.

“Elizabeth Hale Rose Taylor: The Life of an 18th Century Woman as Reflected by the Clothing She Would Have Worn”:  Elizabeth was Nathan Hale’s elder sister. Reproduction clothing of her times is used to illustrate many facets of her daily life.

“18th Century Gravestone Carvers in Coventry,CT”:  Program about the men who made the oldest  gravestones in Coventry’s historic graveyards; what are all those cherubs and poems trying to tell us?

“18th Century Gravestone Carvers in East Windsor, CT.”

“18th Century Gravestones in Portland, CT.”

“Any Last Words?:  A Tour of Old South Street Burying Ground” : Coventry, CT.  One hour outdoor program focusing on the Loomis family of gravestone carvers, as well as a look at what gravestone inscriptions can tell us.

“Stories in Stone: A Tour of Nathan Hale Cemetery”:  Coventry, CT.  One hour outdoor program focusing upon the unusual stories of  some of the folks who were buried here during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

“Stories in Stone: A Tour of Grant Hill Cemetery”: One hour outdoor program focusing on historic gravestone styles and epitaphs from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Stories in Stone: A Tour of River View Cemetery, Essex, CT”: One hour outdoor program focusing on the gravestones of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

9 thoughts on “Publications and Presentations

  1. Hi
    I apologize if I am in the wrong spot to ask you about reviewing book.

    You may have seen the bumper sticker “Earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to Earth” Chief Seattle. However, he never said it; a professor in 1971 wrote it.

    I just published a book that is the most extensively researched book on all the speeches purported to be spoken by Chief Seattle. I was able to establish with near certainty the day he delivered it and the three speeches of his that were recorded by government officials. It also includes all the variations of the speech and the possible reason why each person manipulated Seattle’s words for their own agenda. Lastly, I included all the variations of the environmental version.

    I was lucky enough to interview the three main people who were involved in the infamous environmental version. Both William Arrowsmith and John Stevens who added all the “I am a savage and do not understand” and the religiosity are dead. However, the original author of the environmental version, Ted Perry, is still alive and wrote the foreword for the book: The Many Speeches of Chief Seattle (Seathl): Manipulation of the Record on Behalf of Political, Religious and Environmental Causes. Ted wrote, “The most thorough account of Seattle’s words, its origins, and influences. Very impressive and very intelligent . . . Beautiful work . . . you’ve done an exemplary piece of work, and I am pleased that you have gone to such lengths to set the record straight. . . That I am extremely indebted to the work of Eli Gifford is great understatement, but I am certainly not the only reader who will be grateful.” John Stevens wrote before he died, “You are the first person to accurately reflect my role in editing Chief Seattle’s speech.”

    Thank you for your time

    Eli Gifford

  2. Hi,

    I can’t find your request a book review page, so I apologize if this is not the right place to post.

    My name is Rachel Tsoumbakos and I am about to release my latest novel, Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar (genres: historical/historical romance/fiction/nonfiction/vikings). The approximate length of this novel is 80,000 words. I am currently looking for bloggers who would be interested in reviewing this novel before its official launch.

    Please feel free to contact me in regards to reviewing this novel. I am happy to send out any eBook format and am happy with ANY reviews – positive or negative. Also, I can provide a full media kit if required.

    Currently this book is only available as an ARC and can only be supplied in a digital format.

    The blurb for Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar is below:

    Lagertha was known to be one of the wives of the famous Viking, Ragnar Lodbrok. But did you know they first met each other at a brothel? And just how long did their marriage last? Was Lagertha really the revered shield maiden we see her as today? Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar aims to unravel all these secrets.

    Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar is so much more than a history book though. While Part 1 examines the historical facts, Part 2 brings their whole story to life with a historically accurate novella of their lives.

    Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar aims to discover just how much of what we know of the shield maiden, Lagertha, and the famous Ragnar Lodbrok in popular culture today is actually true.

    The Truth About series explores the historical fact from present day fiction in regards to the Vikings and other key historical figures that existed in the Viking era.

    Thanking you in anticipation,

    Rachel Tsoumbakos
    Staff writer for The Inquisitr

  3. Hi Rachel,
    Vikings and romance are two areas I don’t read, so I will decline your invitation to read and review your book. Best of luck with it, and thanks for visiting and posting.

  4. Bernard Jones says:

    My name is Bernard Jones and I would like to discuss a book review for a forthcoming book called ‘The Discovery of Troy and Its Lost History’. It is the result of more than 30 years of research by the author and will be released late 2018. It is historical, non fiction.
    It would be a pleasure to forward all relevant information if you think you may be interested in reading and reviewing the book.
    With many thanks.

    • Ruth, I’m afraid that is not a genre I read, so I probably wouldn’t be able to give the series a fair review. Thank you for your interest, and best of luck with your novels.

  5. Hi, apologies if this is the incorrect place to contact you regarding a review. I’ve recently released an historic fiction novel, The Confessor’s Wife, about Edith of Wessex, wife to King Edward the Confessor. The novel was meticulously researched, and has all the elements you’d expect in Eleventh Century England: family loyalty, intrigue, betrayal, murder – and Edith is in the centre of it all.

    I look forward to hearing from you if this sounds like something that may be of interest.

    Yours faithfully,

    Kelly Evans

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