Gordon Thomas Ward

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Engaging, Entertaining, and Inspirational Presentations for a Variety of Groups

Nationally recognized presenter and author Gordon Thomas Ward is planning performances throughout 2017. Schedule this unique and celebrated historian, raconteur, and musician for a very special presentation at your venue, such as a LIBRARY, HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MUSEUM, SCHOOL, BUSINESS or COMMUNITY GROUP!
 

These presentations can also be done as IN YOUR HOME as a unique and intimate gathering for a group of your friends. This option allows for expanded Q&A time and opportunities to delve deeper into the presentation topics. Performances of songs may also augment any of these performances.
 

Bookings are currently being accepted for any of the presentations. Please check the CALENDAR for available dates. If you would like to book a presentation and/or share feedback, visit the CONTACT ME page.
 

"I want to say how much I truly enjoyed your keynote address at last year's conference of New Jersey Association of Library Assistants."

~ Warren Spengler

Troubadour Tales


Everyone loves good stories, and when they’re reinforced with music and song, they get even better! That's why audiences adore this captivating, live performance of stirring tales, told through music and spoken word that capture their attention and imagination. Entertaining anecdotes complement his acoustic, contemporary folk songs, which include haunting melodies, multi-instrumental accompaniment, evocative vocals, and poetic lyrics. Listeners embark upon a 90-minute, captivating journey that may find them in the company of a Revolutionary War soldier, a Rockabye Railroad engineer, Robert Frost, the ghost of the Headless Hessian of New Jersey's Great Swamp, or transported to the historic Trail of Tears, the Civil War, the trail of Lewis and Clark, and other times and places! This presentation has been described by adults as "spellbinding," and, as a high school student remarked, "The people and events seem real, so I can relate to them." It's safe to say that audiences will find this program to be a real treat! Troubadour's Tales is absolutely perfect for libraries, historical and community groups, or for an extraordinary house concert in your home with a group of your friends! More information >

 


Ghosts: What They Are and How to Investigate Them

 

What’s the real scoop is on ghosts?  The answer is not found in Gothic novels or Hollywood. The descriptions of what ghosts are and what they are not has come a long way. The word “ghost” is really an umbrella term that defines many types of paranormal phenomena. Survival of the human personality has become a popular topic and one that has mounting evidence to support its claims. Combining many years of involvement in the level-headed investigation of haunted locations with a unique, spiritual perspective on the topic, audio clips, and photographs, Gordon Ward will share his experiences and evidence, explain his views on ghosts, and teach attendees how to conduct their own, sound investigations without costly equipment. More information >

 


 

Ghosts I’ve Come to Know


Did you ever wonder what’s on the other side? As a well-respected investigator of ghosts and hauntings for forty years and an author on the topic, Mr. Ward has developed a distinctive approach and body of evidence to support the belief in the survival of the human consciousness after death. This program includes new photos, audio recordings, developing theories, and information collected from his favorite, historic, investigation sites. This presentation will leave you with a fresh perspective on what happens to us all after the transition we call death. More information >




Historic Haunts of Central Jersey


What ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of central New Jersey? How accurate are the traditional stories? From the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River, Historic Haunts delivers a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena. This presentation also mixes in numerous PowerPoint Photos of investigation sites and audio clips of unexplained voices. The combination of an open-minded enthusiasm and a level-headed approach underscores this collection of reports that will inform, entertain, and lead audience members to places where the past is considered to be very much alive and entwined with the present. More information >




Gateways to History

 

Celebrated authors and presenters Dr. Jude M. Pfister and Gordon Thomas Ward will present different perspectives on the era of the American Revolution as it relates to the Morristown area. First, Dr. Jude M. Pfister (author of The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion and The Fords of New Jersey) will discuss the Ford family of Morris County, New Jersey, along with their mansion in Morristown. Both the Ford Family and their home participated in and witnessed some of the most trying times of the first century of the American pageant. The multi-layered family history is tangibly represented in the multi-floored and memory-laden mansion, which stands to this day as a testament to the passage of time and the enduring power of place. Following this, Gordon Thomas Ward (author of local history books A Bit of Earth and Ghosts of Central Jersey) will discuss the 1779-1780 encampment of the New Jersey Brigade in Jockey Hollow and their encampment site, which was discovered in the 1960s. He will also entertain you with several, seldom-told ghost stories connected with local historic sites from the time of the American Revolution. Projected photos will complement the entire presentation. More information >

 


 

Ghostly Discussions
 

One of my favorite parts of my presentations on ghosts and hauntings comes from the all-to-brief Q&A period at the end of each show. The questions are numerous and the answers can be quite complex, leading to further questions. Ghostly Discussions is an opportunity for the audience to play a role in driving the content of this fascinating topic for the entire show through a facilitated discussion of developing theories, my forensic evidence, and their questions and experiences! What are ghosts? Should we fear them? What happens to our spirits when our bodies die? Any of these questions and more can be addressed in this very unique, thought-provoking, multimedia presentation that examines ghostly, paranormal encounters within an open forum. This show does very well as a HOUSE PRESENTATION, too!

 


In the Midst of Angels
 

Do angels exist? Do they interact with and intervene in our lives? Is there an unseen force that accompanies us in our daily lives? This presentation addresses these questions and takes you on a journey to uncover the signs and experiences in life that can teach us about them. Gordon will share captivating experiences, instructional metaphors, and stories of angelic encounters from meadows, mountains, coastlines, open rangeland, and our own backyards to lead listeners to some fascinating and thought-provoking conclusions. More information >

 


Welcome to the Past

Immerse yourself in this entertaining and informative evening of tales, songs, poetry, and ghost stories regarding the local history of Somerset/Morris/Hunterdon Counties on NJ, including the Lenape, the NJ Encampment at Jockey Hollow during the Revolutionary War, farming, industry, the "landed gentry, and others. This timeless, multimedia presentation celebrates the layers of history in our landscapes, which can be truly magical places where the past is very much alive and entwined with the present. In brilliant detail, Mr. Ward both entertains and illustrates the signatures we leave behind us and celebrates the geographies of our lives. More information >

 


Rediscovering the Lewis & Clark Trail

 

This engaging program draws from the author’s book Life on the Shoulder and details his entire 1,800 mile journey by canoe and bicycle along the Missouri, Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia Rivers and by foot over the Bitterroot Mountains. Described as “like hitting the trail with Lewis and Clark” by the Mystic Seaport Museum, this presentation includes stunning, projected photographs and Gordon Ward’s personal anecdotes, which allow attendees to travel back through time, revisiting the places explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and recorded in their journals and the pages of history as they searched for the Northwest Passage. One also embarks on a journey through the diverse environments of the current American West. Aside from the historical aspects of the topic, the presentation compares and contrasts the differences between a modern retracing and the original expedition two hundred years ago. In addition, audience members will also hear how the original journey was also very much a story about the strength and guidance of women and investigate the two journeys from psychological and philosophical perspectives. More information >

 


 

Divine Encounters on the Lewis & Clark Trail

 

Adults and youth will find meaning in this inspirational presentation by the author of Life on the Shoulder discussing how his travels along the Lewis and Clark Trail altered his life and made his faith a permanent reality to him. Come and hear how awareness can be one of our most precious gifts. Augmented by illustrative PowerPoint photographs and numerous, remarkable stories, the presentation will detail how Gordon’s 1,800 mile journey by bicycle, foot, and canoe and the original expedition are also stories about being in the presence of a divine presence, angels, and their constant, protective and guiding force. Gordon’s expedition ultimately proved to be a discovery of self and a connection with everything outside of his being and demonstrated how narrow our scope of life can be, how much energy is wasted on worry, and how, at the moment when we feel we are most alone, we are truly in the company of our most trusted and dependable guides. More information >