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In 2003 Al started Ghosts of Virginia Beach, “The Original Virginia Beach Ghost Walk”, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. As scarytellers, he and his staff have thrilled audiences of all ages with stories of the city’s historic beginnings and of the spirits who linger on here.
The popularity of these stories led to the production of a DVD called “Ghosts and Legends of Virginia Beach.” This was followed by by numerous power point presentations relating to the paranormal.
After 12 years of presenting American Civil War living history programs for the National Park Service, museums, and historic properties, Al added a new program that portrays the “Golden Age of Piracy”; the years from 1680 to 1730. In both personas Al uses museum quality reproduction items to enhance his presentations. Al is listed in the National Registry of Living Historians. He provides programs for the National Park Service and for numerous museums, schools and community groups. He has taught classes at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College. He is a member of the Virginia Storytellers’ Alliance, the Virginia Beach/Princess Anne County Historical Society and Preservation Virginia.
Al has provided programs for many organizations,
Including the following:
You would have to visit a museum or a historic property to get the type of quality programs available through Histories and Haunts. We come to your location on your schedule.
Virginia Beach Library System
National Association of State Park Directors
Virginia2005 “Water JAM” Convention
Portsmouth Civil War Round Table
Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Association for Research and Enlightenment
Chesapeake Bay Barracudas Dive Club
North Carolina History Center
Portsmouth Naval History Museum
Child Development Center at Wyndam
Virginia Beach Civic Leagues
Boy Scouts of America
Gettysburg National Battlefield Park
Gaines Mill Battlefield Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Antietam National Battlefield Park
Norfolk's Chrysler Museum
National Association for Interpretation2010 Eastern Paranormal Investigators Conference
La Petite Academies
Virginia Beach Schools
Chesapeake Library System
The North Carolina Shipwreck Museum
The Calvert Marine Museum
What is Histories and Haunts
The history we know depends greatly on the source of the information we learn it from. Fact and folklore are tightly connected in history. Sometimes it's difficult to know where one ends and the other begins. Histories and Haunts, LLC has created several programs for that purpose, using styles that are both educational and entertaining.
Histories and Haunts, L.L.C.
"For the last two years we have used Al Chewning for a re-enactor doing a live demonstration of life in the army during the Civil War. He brings his equipment of army items to show and demonstrate for the 5th graders. He is personable, enthusiastic, and accurate enough that the fifth graders hardly move as they sketch and take notes on what he says and does.I just did a comparison Revolutionary War and Civil War demonstration with him and I was impressed. I learned some things I had never known.
I write this recommendation to you as we all know it is a rare occurrence what an “outreach resource” visits our school that is authentic and a great presenter of history.So often they are wearing polyester and speak in an equivocating voice.He only charges about $200, but it is a great reinforcement to all of the SOLs of which he is very familiar.He is also effective at including any items the teachers want to be sure he presents.
We have included SECEP students, special education students, and inclusion students in the audience and they all take notes and sketch items.
HUZZAH for great teaching!”
Drummond Ball, Principal
Windsor Oaks Elementary School
Virginia Beach, VA
Why a program by Histories and Haunts is better than a field trip