Jim Gibbons Historical Presentations


  • “I just attended a South Suburban Adult Programmer (SSAP) meeting and told everyone how thrilled our patrons were with Jim Gibbons’ presentation... More
  • “Many thanks for an excellent presentation on Eleanor Roosevelt. The Morton Grove Library audience was enthralled with both your slides and detailed narrative... More
  • “I have heard nothing but excellent comments about Jim’s presentations on The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire... More
  • “You are the best! Not only do I learn so much, you make me smile with your enthusiasm and love for what you do... More
  • “On the behalf of Barrington Area Library, we would like to thank you for an outstanding program on “Our Lady of the Angels Fire”. Our patrons raved about your excellent program... More

Jim Gibbons provides informative and insightful presentations on past events and people that both educate and enlighten his audiences. Drawing from his research and knowledge of history and present day events he brings to light information that applies to our lives today. He is available to speak to your group on a variety of topics.

His presentation on the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire in Chicago, 1958, was extremely popular in 2012, and remains so. This tragic fire killed 92 children and three nuns. Based on research, personal interviews and passion, Jim explains the details of this event.

Susan Parker, from the Marengo-Union Library, said Gibbons' presentation was riveting. "He gave you the idea that you were a witness, that you were there," Parker said. "You got the feeling of urgency that everyone at the scene must have felt."

New PresentationsNew Presentations - now available for booking:

"The Buck Stops Here" - The Life of Harry S. Truman

The Great Communicator: The Life of Ronald Reagan

Now available for 2015: The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln--Read More!

Jim will also continue all his popular presentations: John F. Kennedy's assassination - a presentation examining this tragic time in our nation's history. His fascinating comparative look at the "Eerie Similarities between John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln" – draws amazing parallels between these two men and their lives.

Jim's uplifting presentation "Eleanor Roosevelt Overcoming Odds, Achieving Greatness" is an inspiring look at her life and how she became one of the most admired women in American history.

In "Duty, Honor, Country: The Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower" Jim presents the life of the man known as "Ike", a man of wisdom, courage, and vision. We learn through his legacy how to guard against the ever-present dangers that our country faces today.

Jim's presentation on the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire continues to draw crowds and acclaim.

Be sure to check out the presentations page on this site for more details and the calendar to see one of Jim's presentations.

Contact Jim to book a presentation for your library, senior group, school or event. He is available 7 days a week for morning, afternoon and evening presentations!