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Lona Bartlett - Storyteller, Puppeteer, Educator & Speaker

Lona Bartlett - Storyteller, Puppeteer, Educator & Speaker

Lona Bartlett is a performance artist, storyteller, puppeteer and educator at schools, libraries, conferences, churches, festivals, corporate and special events. Degrees in education and a small town upbringing in the Catskill Mountains open a gateway to a long list of presentations. No matter the

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Clara Barton (Founder of the the American Red Cross) and Corporal James Tanner (stenographer while Lincoln lay dying)


Program Description

There are lots of people who have made great contributions to history and yet, we seldom hear about them. This program features two of those little known patriots who helped to shape our American past.

Clarissa (Clara) Harlowe Barton: Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. She dedicated her life to serving the needs of others.

Corporal James Tanner: On the night when Abraham


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American, Other
Subject: History, Literacy, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Population Served Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year Round

Available times:

To meet your schedule.

Space / technical requirements:

Minimal space required. Elecrical outlet within 25 feet of stage area.


Assembly space.

Fees / Ticketing:

One presentation: $500, two presentations: $700, three presentations: $900

Please call for residency pricing.




NC Standard Course of Study:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies. (For this presentation students will be introduced to vocabulary that might be somewhat unsual for them in our present time such as Confererate and Union Soldiers and stynographer.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze howtwo or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. (For this presentation both stories happened during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, however  the incidents happened independentaly of one another. Both had an dramatic impact on history.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g. a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole. (For this presentation the stories happen during the same general time period. Similar time period phrasing will be used for each story.)

NC Essential Standards:

Social Studies 6H.2 Understand the political, economic and/or social signifiance of historical events, issues, individuals and cultural groups. (For this presentation students will be shown how the last words of Lincoln and the role of the Red Cross are significent today.)

Social Studies 8.C&G.2 Understand the role that citizen participation plays in societal change. (For this presentation students will be presented with the roles that Clara Barton and James Tanner played and challenges they both overcame.)

Arts Standards 7.C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. (For this presentation students will hear how voice tone and movement change during a performance in order to make the information more interesting. In addition, how crafting a proper story helps in retaining information for the listner.)



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


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“When Lona Bartlett visits, it’s as though we’re transported to a magical place. Time stops and students forget that they are learning. Her lessons are engaging, inspiring, memorable, and fun. Our students and staff always look forward to seeing Mrs. Bartlett. Lona Bartlett has that special something, she is truly amazing!”
–Deborah Hastings, Rankin Elementary teacher

“Her voice and face come alive when she begins to tell a story. Using imagination and creativity, she weaves words into stories that teach and entertain.”
– Kim Becknell Williams, Charlotte Observer

“Lona Bartlett is the best story teller for vivid descriptions and creativity that will keep any audience interested and attentive! She has the talent to make literature of any type dynamic! The delivery of her stories and characters are amazing due to their inspirational and informative attributes!

The American Literary Society is glad to support her efforts to promote reading and writing through the oration of literature.”
-Dr. Perry Spann, Founder and President
The American Literary Society for Higher Education (TALSHE)

Cancellation Policy

There is a $200 cancellation fee. However if the program is rescheduled within 3 weeks those funds may be applied to the rescheduled program.