Al and David Eicher for the past fifteen years have produced 26 Michigan visual history documentaries. Their efforts in preserving the 100 to l50 year histories of towns and events in Michigan have led to the creation of this lecture series. Program Source International has designed a series of fifteen lectures for Colleges, Historical Societies, Library Associations, Church Groups and Museums.
Our two newest lectures for 2014 are “When Amelia Came to Michigan” (Amelia Earhart, that is) and the “History & Legends of Spain”. The 15 other lectures topics are “Michigan in the Civil War”, “Early Days of Radio in Michigan”, “When Mark Twain Came to Michigan”, “The Orphan Train in Michigan”, “Michigan’s Lumbering Days and Camp Life”, “The History of Michigan’s Largest Commercial Fishery”, Ballooning, Blimps and the Great Airships”, “The Indian History of Southeastern Michigan – Ancient and Current Times”, “History & Legends: Norway”, “History & Legends: Finland”, “History & Legends: European Waterways Amsterdam to Vienna”, “Greece, Turkey and the Islands of the Aegean Sea”, “Historic Russian Waterways-St. Petersburg to Moscow”, plus “Traveling the Inside Passage to Alaska”. Over 250 lectures and visual presentations have been given in the past eight years. Many library groups, colleges, retirement centers, historical societies and museums have been using our services, with several repeat visits.
The lectures and visual presentations are divided into chapters. Printed handouts address key points, display boards around the room have 100 or more historic photos about the topic. Historic items and documents are also on display. The visual segments originate from an interactive DVD, which are shown on a large screen television or video projection system. Our presentations range from forty-five minutes to sixty minutes, with a question and answer session to follow. Please book 6-8 weeks in advance to ensure date and time. For more information and service fee, call Al or Dave Eicher at 248-333-2010. Follow this link to download our 2015 Lecture Topics.