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
  • “Mr. Gibbons, thank you for making history fun and enlightening. My son said that he really enjoyed himself. We had a great conversation about history on our way home from your presentation. If we had more educators like yourself, more students would excel in history...More
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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.

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

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."

Now Booking for 2016!

Book ahead for these 2015 anniversary Dates !

Program Planning Calendar June thru December 2015

June The Life of Ronald Reagan (death date, June 5, 2004)
  WWII D-Day (71 Years, June 6, 1944)
  The Life of Anne Frank (birthday, June 12, 1929) NEW FOR 2015
  WWI (June 28, 2015 marks 71 years and the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand)

The Life of Amelia Earhart (birthday, July 24, 1897; Date of Disappearance, July 2, 1937)
August The Life of Amelia Earhart (National Aviation Day, August 19th)
  WWII (70 Year Anniversary in August 2015, marks the end of WWII, VJ Day on August 14, 1945)
September: Labor Day: Sept. 7, 2015 The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt (Eleanor Roosevelt was very influential in the Labor Movement).
  The Life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Franklin Roosevelt was very influential in the Labor Movement).
October National Fire Prevention Month
  Our Lady of the Angels School Fire (National Fire Prevention Week, October 9, 2015)
  The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt (birthday, October 11, 1884)
  The Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower (birthday, October 14, 1890)
November The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt (date of death, November 7, 1962)
  The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963 marks 52 Years)
  The Life of Winston Churchill (birthday, November 30, 1874)
December Our Lady of the Angels School Fire (December 1, 2014 marks 56 Years)
  WWII (70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, December 16, 1944-Jan. 25, 1945)
  The Life of Richard J. Daley (date of death, December 20, 1976) NEW FOR 2015

Download Entire 2015 Calendar (pdf format)

New Presentations

New Presentations now available for booking:

"The Buck Stops Here" - The Life of Harry S. Truman
"The Great Communicator" - The Life of Ronald Reagan
"A Rendezvous with Destiny" - The Life of Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln

“Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley: The Man, His Times, and the City He Loved”
“The Life Story of Anne Frank”
“Never Give In:” The Life of Sir Winston Churchill

and more to come!

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, park district, senior group, school or event. He is available 7 days a week for morning, afternoon and evening presentations!