Phyllis Schrag

Phyllis Schrag
Topics: History, South Dakota, Women
Communities: Ames, IA
Program Types: Speakers Bureau

Independent Scholar
Ames, IA
phyllis_schrag@mediacombb.net | (515) 337-1713

Letters from the Attic
Participants will gain a perspective on the life and times of people who settled in Dakota Territory. The presentation is based on 50 letters written in German script addressed to Schrag's great-grandfather, F.J. Meier. These letters had been carefully saved, never translated, and handed down through the generations. They detail faith, personal experiences, and the agrarian nature of Dakotans between 1878 and 1889.

If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town
Growing up in a 1950s small town has some unique advantages that modern children will never experience. This "storytelling" type lecture is sure to delight audiences as it explores commonalities found in most regional small towns. Details of lessons learned from a child's point-of-view will evoke many individual memories among audience members.

Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals
Schrag's sequel to " If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town, this "storytelling" type lecture is a humorous yet poignant look at small town life where all the town kids were needed to have their own "World Series", preachers had their impact on children's development, and funerals were simply a part of life. Lessons gleaned from baseball, preachers, and funerals present a child's perspective of life in a small town.

Remember Christmas?
Sequel to " If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town " and "Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals", this "storytelling" type lecture is a humorous yet poignant look at small town life in winter, especially around Christmas. There is the annual Christmas Eve church program presented by the Sunday School children, the caroling, and the famous Christmas sack of peanuts and hard candy. The reminisces include a poignant story of a special and unusual Christmas gift. Audiences who have enjoyed the previous two programs, will find this a nostalgic trip back in time. However, it can serve as a stand-alone program for any group.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I am My Mother After All
You say or do something, and you wonder, "Where did that come from?" only to remember your mother said and did that, and suddenly you realize you have become your mother. In a PowerPoint™ presentation, audience members will be reminded of common expressions used by our mothers, along with humorous stories that help us understand the powerful gene pool from which we came. The presentation also includes inspiring quotes attributed to notable famous women of all generations.