PRESENTATIONS The Wild Horse Creek Company offers a number of general interest presentations to historical, church, and civic groups needing an interesting program after a meeting, dinner or as part of their regularly scheduled events. Our popular Power Point programs run about forty-five to fifty minutes in length and can include a question and answer segment following the presentation. Peter Osborne brings all of the equipment required to conduct the program unless the location is unusual in its configuration. Presentations have been made to as few as fifteen people and as many as three hundred. To learn more about fees for the programs please call 845-551-0417. Payment is due on the day of the program. The following programs are currently available and can be adapted to any group’s needs. A detailed program listing is available upon request and can be emailed as a pdf file. A calendar of scheduled programs is listed below.
Our most popular programs are about Graveyard and Cemetery art. Join us for a fascinating journey.
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Photo courtesy: Laurie Ramie, Declaration of Independence Program, Delaware River Sojourn Photo courtesy: Oliver Flint, Peter Osborne conducting a walking tour at the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in Washington Crossing Historic Park in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy: James Casson, MAI, Casson Valuation Services, LLC, Port Jervis, New York, Grey Towers National Historic Landmark Photo Courtesy: Peter Osborne, Concord Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts
OUR DELAWARE VALLEY LEGACY So Many Brave Men: A History of the Battle at Minisink Ford For the first time in more than thirty years a new history has been written about the only Revolutionary War battle to take place in the Upper Delaware River valley. This new book, with the same title as the program, was written by Mark Hendrickson, Jon Inners and Peter Osborne and reveals new archival material that has been rediscovered. This Power Point presentation explores the history of the battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the valley during the Revolutionary War. The Bridges and Crossings of the Delaware River Valley There are more than one hundred river crossings over the Delaware River from the state of Delaware to the junctions of the East and West Branch of the Delaware at Hancock, New York. Hear some of the the interesting stories about the most beautiful and historic bridges. Over the centuries floods have destroyed many of the crossings. Hear tales of the oldest suspension bridge in the country and the last privately owned bridge on the Delaware. Great Graves This Power Point program explores the various styles of graveyard and cemetery art from the 1700s to the present day. Examples of many styles are drawn from cemeteries throughout the region. This program will encourage the viewer to visit cemeteries and graveyards for years to come. The program also includes a handout of material related to cemeteries, epitaphs, and preservation. The Silent Cities: Graveyards, Churchyards and Cemeteries This program demonstrates how graveyards and cemeteries developed in America beginning with simple family plots on farms and continuing to elaborately designed cemeteries. Examples of the various stages of development are shown in this Power Point program which includes a handout of material related to cemeteries, epitaphs, and their preservation. OUR STATE PARK'S LEGACY Where Washington Once Led: A History of New Jersey’s Washington Crossing State Park Hear about the state park that was created where Washington and the Continental Army disembarked after a bone-chilling crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. The park was created in 1912 and has served as a shrine to The Crossing ever since. The park began as a memorial but is now a park which encompasses more than 3,000 acres and promotes a variety of recreational pursuits. No Spot In This Far Land Is More Immortalized: A History Pennsylvania's Washington Crossing Historic Park Hear about the state park that was created where Washington and the Continental Army disembarked after a bone-chilling crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. The park was created in 1917 and has preserved the history of the Crossing ever since. The park began as a memorial but is now a park which encompasses more than 500 acres and is home to the replica of the famed Leutze painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware. It is also home to the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. One Crossing, Two Parks: How The Two Washington Crossing State Parks Came To Be The program will review the history of the two state-managed parks, Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) and Washington Crossing State Park (NJ). They were created and developed very differently, a theme that continues to the present time. The presentation will include historic images from both parks and a handout. The program is a Powerpoint program and will be about 50 minutes long. We Can Take It: The Roosevelt Tree Army 1933-1941 This Power Point program explores the rich legacy left by the Civilian Conservation Corps across the country. The CCC boys built much of the existing landscape in many parks, forests and wildlife refuge areas including dams, roads, vistas, lakes and buildings. The CCC was one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s passions and among his New Deal’s most notable successes. It provided much needed employment for millions of unemployed young men and was the most important conservation work project ever undertaken in America’s parks and forests. Peter has written four books about the Civilian Conservation Corps. OUR AMERICAN LEGACY Lewis and Clark and Me The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803–1806), headed by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, was the first American overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back. In 2008, the presenter spent twelve weeks following the trail of the most famous expedition in U.S. history. Find out what happened to Lewis and Clark during the expedition, and how the Corps of Discovery is interpreted today. This Power Point presentation includes handouts and other visual aids. An Evening with the Journals of Lewis and Clark This program explores the journals which Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wrote during their epic journey with readings by the presenter along with photographs of the scenes described. This Power Point presentation includes handouts and other visual aids. Theodore Roosevelt: The Champion Of The Strenuous Life Theodore Roosevelt was one of our nation’s most important presidents (1901-1909) in the twentieth century. TR, as he was known, was “The Conservation President,” setting aside millions of acres of land for future generations to enjoy. Roosevelt also believed that the federal government needed to be a powerful counter balance to the large and powerful corporations that were being created at the time. He was beloved by many of his fellow citizens until his death in 1919. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of Courage This Power Point program chronicles the life of one of the twentieth century’s most important women. She was an ardent supporter of the disenfranchised, civil rights, the poor and an able political partner of her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She wrote more than twenty books and was the author of the daily newspaper column called My Day. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny This Power Point program looks at the life of one of the twentieth century’s most important leaders. He led America through the Depression and then through World War II, the greatest conflagration that the world has ever seen. His influence on the twentieth century was profound and still impacts each of us even to this day, sixty-six years after his death. Willa Cather: Writer From the Prairie and Enduring Gift To Our Country This Power Point program explores the important literary legacy left by Willa Cather, one of the most important women authors of the twentieth century. Born in Virginia she moved to Nebraska in the late 19th century. She wrote of the struggles on the Great Plains but also on a variety of other topics including the American Southwest. Her best known books are O Pioneers, My Antonia and Death Comes To The Archbishop. Rollin Robbins, Henry David Thoreau and Me This Power Point program looks at the presenter's chance meeting with Rollie Robbins, the famed archaeologist who found Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, Thoreau’s essay on Walking and Walden and Thoreau’s biography SOME OF THE PROGRAMS WE ARE SCHEDULED FOR IN 2017 February 26, 2017 One Crossing, Two Parks Heard's Brigade Tappan House Old Tappan, New York April 9, 2017 The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Matamoras-Westfall Historical Society Matamoras, Pennsylvania April 17, 2017 Willa Cather: Writer From the Prairie and Enduring Gift To Our Country Friends of the Red Mill Museum Village Clinton, New Jersey June 4, 2017 The Five Mile Woods Preserve: A History - Booksigning & Book Launch David Library Washington Crossing, Pennsylania August 12, 2017 The CCC at Promised Land State Park Annual CCC Reunion & Booksigning Masker Museum Promised Land State Park, Greentown, Pennsylvania September 16, 2017 Book Launch - Images of the Five Mile Woods Preserve Harvest Day Yardley, Pennsylvania September 23, 2017 The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Strasburg, Pennsylvania SOME OF THE PROGRAMS WE PRESENTED IN 2016 March 21, 2016 Graveyard Art Friends of the Red Mill Museum Village Clinton, New Jersey March 24, 2016 We Can Take It: A History of the Civilian Conservation Corps Warren Garden Club April 21, 2016 We Can Take It: A History of the Civilian Conservation Corps DCNR Conference State College, Pennsylvania June 25, 2016 Theodore Roosevelt: The Strenuous Life Forks Township Historical Society Forks Township, Pennsylvania August 14, 2016 The Civilian Conservation Corps at Promised Land State Park Masker Museum Promised Land State Park, Greentown, Pennsylvania September 10, 2016 Walking Tour of the state parks at Washington Crossing Hunterdon 300 Committee September 24, 2016 The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania - Booksigning Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Strasburg, Pennsylvania October 5, 2016 The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania - Booksigning Shohola Historical Society Shohola, Pennsylvania