Storyteller & Speaker: Larry Massie

Storyteller (Storytelling Michigan’s Past) and Speaker (Old Books: Trash to Treasure)

Best-selling author and dynamic storyteller Larry B. Massie’s colorful telling of true stories will entertain anyone who has felt the lure of glorious Lake Michigan.The Michigan history story-telling sessions which he has presented at hundreds of conferences, libraries, schools, festivals and organizations across both peninsulas have proven a popular and fun way to get citizens excited about learning more about the heritage of their state and community.Massie, who has authored twenty books about this great state’s history also offers presentations.

Adventures in Michigan’s Past

“Everyone has a story to tell, but not many can tell a tale like Larry Massie!”

Michigan is a special place with a rich and colorful heritage second to no other state in the Union. Sprinkled across its grandeur are myriad of musical, magical place names, each with a fascinating story to tell.

Best-selling author, historian and dynamic storyteller, Larry B. Massie takes his audience on a pilgrimage into his beloved state’s past, his telling of true stories makes history come alive through storytelling and will entertain anyone who has felt the lure of Michigan’s fascinating past.

Massie was recently honored by the Historical Society of Michigan’s with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, he has authored 20 popular history books; the most recent is The Allure of Michigan’s Past.


Vignettes featuring Indian chiefs, steel-sinewed voyageurs, black-robed Jesuit priests who carried the cross to the wilderness, intrepid pioneers, rough-hewn lumberjacks, salty Great Lakes ship captains and Underground Railroad conductors who risked their lives guiding slaves to freedom, prove that Michigan history is fascinating.

The Michigan history storytelling sessions where Massie has shared his enthusiasm of Michigan’s heritage have been presented at hundreds of conferences, libraries, schools, universities, festivals and organizations across both peninsulas have proven a popular and fun way to get citizens excited about learning more about the heritage of their state and community. Massie, has authored twenty books and hundreds of articles about this great state’s history.

Old Books: Trash or Treasure?

Hear popular Michigan historian Larry Massie reveal what makes one old book a valuable collector’s item and another practically worthless.

During this one-hour presentation Larry B. Massie, Michigan historian, author and advanced book collector (currently 35,000 volumes in his private collection) will unravel some of the mysteries of book collecting.

Massie will discuss the relative age of books, how to tell if a book is a first edition, association values, illustrations, fine bindings, significant imprints, dust jackets, and other book collecting lore.

This is a fun and fast-paced presentation. Larry will bring from his private library a display of representative books that will appeal to anyone who cannot resist picking up a beautiful old volume, or perhaps is wondering if any of the books in their attic might be worth something.

A researcher, historian, writer, old book appraiser, museum conultant and dynamic storyteller, Larry Massie travels both Michigan Peninsulas to share his enthusiasm of Michigan’s heritage. He has authores 20 popular Michigan history books; the most recent is the Allure of Michigan’s Past.

Following the discussion Larry will be happy to evaluate books, pamphlets and other printed material brought in by audience members.

To schedule a session, contact Priscillia Massie at (269) 673-3633 or email at mihistory.massie@gmail.com . Fees range from $400- to 600.

 

 

 

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