Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story
Marion Blumenthal Lazan
Holocaust speaker, Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood.
Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion’s father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.
It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan travels internationally as a holocaust speaker. Contact her if you are interested in having her tell her story to your group or organization.
Totally Vocally - Ball in the House
This program is jam-packed with music, entertainment, and education! Through contemporary & classic cover songs and original works, Ball in the House (BitH) will discuss and teach many aspects of music and performance. Students will discover what “a cappella” is and how it works, explore the technology behind a sound system, hear the various voice parts and how they fit together to make harmony and songs, learn how to beatbox and use rhythm, experience the history of a cappella singing from chant through doo wop, get introduced to songwriting and collaboration, and have a chance to ask questions. The program also addresses the teamwork aspect of performing together and how BitH needs to work together as people and as voices. Through fun rapport and stories of their own experiences as students (dealing with peer pressure, etc.), BitH inspires and encourages students to get involved and stay involved in the arts
Ball in the House has partnered with a local cable station to help us produce high-quality live virtual assemblies, workshops, and concerts. This isn’t us crowding around a small webcam! Our virtual shows feature:
- exciting, professional multi-camera video
- professional sound and lighting
- taking advantage of the virtual platform to enhance the show with text, photo and video
- pre-show slideshow & music
- student guides with info and links to follow up and explore the ideas brought up in the show
- Q&A and polls through chat, with all student questions followed up after the show
- ability to stream on most platforms: Google, Zoom, Vimeo (w/subscription)
We’re happy to answer any questions for you, and look forward to the chance to work with your students virtually. And, of course, looking forward to the day when it’ll be safe to perform in person again!
Albany Institute of History and Art: Virtual Museum Field Trip
$125 per program/No cost with grant funding
Bring the museum into your classroom through virtual field trips! The Albany Institute of History & Art is offering virtual tours for schools beginning in Fall 2020. Available programs include:
- Ancient Egypt: Art and Culture
- Art, Artists, & Nature: the Hudson River School
- Hudson River School STEAM: Art & the Environment
- Traders & Culture: Life in Colonial Albany
Virtual programs are 45 minutes and include an interactive gallery presentation followed by a Question & Answer session. Each program is led by a museum educator who engages students and answers questions in live chat. Post visit materials will be provided to help extend these programs to meet your curriculum goals.
Virtual field trips are priced per program. Grant funding is available to support classrooms in many areas until depleted. Inquire today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovering the Erie Canal
$75.00 per session
The Erie Canal Museum offers a range of virtual programs geared towards 4th and 7th graders that align with state social studies standards. In these sessions, students will explore the Erie Canal's origins as well as its impacts on New York State and the United States, socially, economically and demographically. Sessions include:
- Mapping the Erie Canal
- A Virtual Scavenger Hunt of the Museum
- Primary Source Workshops
- An Erie Canal Themed Breakout Box
All sessions will consist of a combination of prerecorded materials and live virtual interactions with a museum educator. Please contact the museum for more details.
David Greenberg, Author
$395.00 per visit
Poetry Assemblies based on my poetry picture books, filled with rhymes, laughter and extraordinary illustrations.
Civil Rights (or Human Rights) assemblies based on my award-winning novel, A Tugging String (Dutton) which is particularly oriented to the recent issues of racial tension in the United States and worldwide. It contains well over 100 extraordinary historical photos.