Our History Programs are designed for small groups (clubs, civic leagues), medium groups (schools), or big groups (conventions) and can be adapted for outdoors as well as indoors.  In addition, with advanced notice, any program can be modified slightly to include a specific  reference or item relating to a particular theme. Our different programs are listed below. 


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. No limit to class size, no down time or travel time, No additional chaperones needed, fully licensed and insured. Much better than a field trip.

The Life of A Civil War Soldier

This is an up-close, hands-on, non-political look into the lives of the common soldiers and the people back home; their customs, social etiquette and clothing. Using museum quality reproductions and information gleaned from nine years as an interpreter for the National Park Service, Al presents an unbiased, informative look at the American Civil War era.

Adaptable to time and audience age Request rates.

The Life of a Pirate

"Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me!" Learn from a real pirate what  his life would actually be like. (Hint. It's not like the movies.)

This program focuses on life at sea in the 18th century with a certain emphasis on how pirates affected the economy of colonial America. Using museum quality costumes and props "Alpheus Quartermaster" will discuss superstitions, origins of many common phrases, societal life, battle tactics and will answer any related questions. A great program for all ages!

Adaptable to time and audience age. Request rates

The Quartermaster and the Tavern Keeper

Life in Coastal Virginia the 17th and 18th centuries was difficult at best. In this program, two costumed interpreters, a pirate and a tavern keeper, will relate stories and their roles in society and how they managed a mutually beneficial relationship. They will discuss societal rules, food, medical practice, superstitions, the economy and many topics related to their lives. Photo by Sarah A Hunter.

Adaptable to time and audience age, Request rates.


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By-Gone Beach Days

Since April 27, 1607 the current Virginia Beach area has been known by several names: Elizabeth City, Norfolk County, Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach. In 1963, when city and county merged, Virginia Beach became the largest city in Virginia and the largest resort city in the World.  This program takes you through the changes from Native American village to resort mecca. 

A collection of over 1300 postcards and other ephemera makes it possible to get a glimpse of what Virginia Beach has looked like over the years.

German U-Boats Off Virginia Coast in WW II

In March of 1942 Allied ships were being sunk at the rate of 1 every 8 hours off the North American coast. Many were lost just a few miles from the Virginia shoreline. Most people are surprised to learn that the war was fought so close to our homes. With information obtained form interviews, achieved documents and photographs this program offers perspectives from both the hunters an the hunted.

Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay

In the summer months during the "Golden Age of Piracy", pirates frequently sailed into the Chesapeake Bay to fill the holds of their ships with all variety of treasures from ships and farms alike. In April of 1700, an epic ten hour sea battle was fought off the shore of Princess Anne County, Virginia, resulting in the capture of 126 pirates. This program details that story and others.



   If you are looking for a storyteller featuring life during the Civil War Era, Al Chewning would be an absolutely excellent choice.

     He has come to our school multiple times over the past few years.  His clothing and accessories are wonderfully authentic, his manner conforms fully to that era, and he is exceptionally knowledgeable.

     His presentations can be described as a flurry of interesting information delivered in a delightfully humorous manner, much of it developed off the questions and responses of the students gathered around him in the classroom.

     I strongly recommend Al Chewning.  Your students will be talking about him for days thereafter!


Chuck Kenison

5th Grade Teacher

Christopher Farms Elementary



Dear Colleagues,

     For the past several years we have used Al Chewning for a re-enactor doing a live demonstration of the 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 how it is a rare occurrence when 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


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