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History... In Person!

Historical Encounters

I am working with a great team of educators, artists and ITs to help produce a series of living books, HISTORY… In Person! We will produce a living book that you can Print on Demand, read on your tablet as an e-book, listen to as a podcast and download as video, all with the aim of giving you an intimate encounter with historical characters as portrayed by Brian “Fox” Ellis. We will film again in early January and mid-February in Bishop Hill! Please Contact Fox if you would like to be in the audience as a costumed character!

Invite some of the world’s greatest minds to your classroom, conference, Chautauqua, or museum.

Books and stories can bring to life distant times and places. The spoken word allows listeners to encounter some of the great minds in history. As an author and storyteller, Brian "Fox" Ellis has spent countless hours exploring the worlds these authors have created through their writings. The goal of these programs is to bring to life the ideas and perspectives that have shaped our world in a Chautauqua style presentation. Many of these programs come with extensive follow-up lesson plans in creative writing, history and science. Please click on the title of each program for more information about the character, links to lesson plans and letters of recommendation.

In a well-researched, interactive performance Fox portrays the movers and shakers of history, literature, art, and science:


darwin2Explore the world of molecules and wooly mammoths, go birding with Audubon, sail the globe with Darwin or gaze deep within the genetic code of the pea that changed the world.

Adventures with John James Audubon

Charles Darwin and his Revolutionary Idea

A Conversation with Gregor Mendel

Meriwether Lewis' Scientific Discoveries

Prince Maximilian & Karl Bodmer: Touring the Wilderness of North America

John Deere: A Discussion of the History and Future of Agriculture



chautpoeCelebrate the power of the word to change the world!

Walt Whitman: A Song of Myself

The Ghosts of Edgar Allen Poe

Steamboatin’ Down the River with Mark Twain

Wilhelm Grimm’s Fairy Tales






Fox portrays three different friends of Abraham Lincoln to give you a more intimate view of our favorite president:

Lincoln Tales Tall and True with Austin Guliher

Lincoln the Lawyer with Billie Herndon

Walt Whitman's Lincoln




To commemorate The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Fox offers diverse programs that explore different aspects of the war from several points of view:

mathiasBlack Jack Logan – Civil War General

Captain Henry Detweiller on the Roll of Steamboatin' in the Union Victory

Civil War Ghosts and Legends

A Soldier's Tale: The Civil War From the Front Lines

Walt Whitman's Lincoln

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh




So often native people are left out of our history books. Fox illuminates these important stories highlighting Native Voices.

Black Hawk’s View of American History

Indian Legends with Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

Tribal Tales From the River's Edge

Two Faces of Illinois History: A Dialogue with Ninian Edwards and Chief Gomo

Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer: Touring the Wilderness of North America



Travel new trails with the men who blazed them:

Canoe Song: A French Explorer’s Journal 1673- 1690

The Comic Mis-Adventures of Meriwether Lewis

Prince Maximilian & Karl Bodmer: Touring the Wilderness of North America


Exploring the wilderness of the Soul:

Walking in the Footsteps of a Saint: The Miracles and Poetry of Saint Francis of Assisi


 "Brian "Fox" Ellis is the most effective first person story teller in America today. His insightful and entertaining style results in a learning experience with lifelong impact on children and adults alike. I recommend Fox, his film and other media materials to anyone wanting to provide quality educational experience, with humor and at a great financial value." Michael E. Quine, Past Chairman and Director of the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway and Director of the Great Rivers Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Fox Poe Walt and Charlie