Al & Dave Eicher

aedepontiaclake20081Al and David Eicher for the past twenty four years, have produced 26 Michigan visual history documentaries. Their efforts in preserving the 100 to 150 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 ninteen lectures for Colleges, Historical Societies, Library Associations, Church Groups and Museums.  Follow this link for our lecture topics.  

Our newest lecture for 2019 is “The Orphan Train Era:  Why was there an Orphan Train?”.  Download the pdf promo sheet here.  Here’s a short video preview:

The 20 other lectures topics are:  “When Hollywood Went to War” , “Michigan’s Passenger Pigeons:  Gone Forever”, “When Amelia Came to Michigan” (Amelia Earhart, that is) , “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, ae_bottsford2014webBlimps and the Great Airships”, “The Indian History of Southeastern Michigan – Ancient and Current Times”, “History & Legends of Spain”
“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 770 lectures and visual presentations have been given in the past sixteen years. Many senior living communities, library groups, colleges, historical societies and museums have been using our services, with several repeat visits.

lec_svsu3The 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. Note, a few of our programs can run up to 90 minutes.  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.   Click here to download a pdf of our 2023 Lecture Programs.