"Pauline, thank you for the wonderful job you did covering the stories of the women of 1812 at Lang Pioneer Village Museum. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You added a very important element to our 1812 event and you did it very well."

Laurie Siblock
Assistant Manager
Lang Pioneer Village Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Gladys Hamilton

"You are a mesmerizing story teller Pauline"
Zig Misiak
Real Peoples History

“Many thanks Pauline for being a remarkable Queen Victoria. It was a very impressive portrayal, and I know our visitors enjoyed meeting you. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.”
Lisa Hunter
Event Programmer,
Westfield Heritage Village

 

 

 

Photo by Paul Barber

 

 

“Pauline, ...the consensus is that you were a magnificent hit!!! ... Congratulations on such a successful evening. “

Lynn Nicholson
Hamilton Métis Women’s Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Pauline, I was so taken by the depth and breadth and professionalism of your Freeman Station presentation. You brought tears to my eyes. You have really done yourself proud in creating this. Thank you so much!"
All aboard!
Denny
 

 


 

 

 

 

For Students

 

Storytelling and Music

In the oral tradition of storytelling Pauline Grondin has delighted audiences in Canada, Northern Ireland, England, and Scotland.  Following her French Canadian and Irish roots she tells a potpourri of fairytales, myths, legends, folk tales, self penned and first person stories to children and adults of all ages.  Participation songs on a number of  instruments often enhance the telling of the tale.

Time : One Hour

This program can accommodate up to 300 students at one presentation or individually per class or grade level.

 

Stories of Women in Upper Canada during the War of 1812

As an 1812 reenactor, professional storyteller, heritage performer and historical interpreter Pauline tells the stories that honour the women who endured the War of 1812.

Pauline was the voice of Elizabeth Gage on the War of 1812 documentary on History Television. She has recorded her stories of “Women in Upper Canada” for Route 1812, a driving route linking historical sites and cultural institutions in the Southwest, Toronto and Niagara regions. Pauline’s voice and instruments have been recorded singing heritage songs along the same route. Pauline is the social historian for the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt trail and historical advisor for the Lincoln Lamplighter Tours for their bicentennial productions.

The Women of Upper Canada were left at home and in the soldiers’ encampments with the war raging around them.

The War of 1812 opened up a world of drama, conflict and struggle for survival both on and off the battlefield. The stories of “The Women” are a glimpse into their life as they experienced the stress of an enemy invasion, watched as their personal possessions were damaged or stolen and their houses put to the torch.

Many of the stories of these women grace the pages of history declaring them heroines of the war. Some of their stories are legend, handed down through family and friends.


 

Tales of once upon a time

In the oral tradition of storytelling Pauline Grondin tells heritage fairy tales, some dating as far back as 1695 and others first written down in the 1800’s.
This is not, is not history, but a tale of once upon a time. It may have happened, but it may not have happened...

Fairy tales have been shared in the oral tradition of storytelling often before the written word, allowing different cultures their own version.
Many of today’s fairy tales have evolved from centuries old stories that have appeared around the world and are still written today.

A fairy tale does not require fairies but other mythical beings drawn on folk traditions. Most important is an audience with whom to share this wonderful tradition.
 

Literacy For Learning

"The ability to speak and present is an art"- Aristotle

In this workshop, students will experience the excitement of learning through storytelling.  It will help develop drama skills and oral literacy and encourage participants to be risk-takers in a non-threatening environment.

Time: Half day

 

 

Exploring our Heritage

Pauline Grondin is a historical interpreter, reenactor, and professional storyteller.  Her experience will bring history, and the lives of the pioneers, to life before your eyes.  The typical life of an early settler in the 19th century will be explored from your point of view.  Chores, family life, apprentices and more will be relived with each class.

This programme includes original and reproduction artifacts and clothing for the students to see, touch and smell. Preserved grains and food in muslin bags and crocks and the wares of the blacksmith and tinsmith will be experienced first hand.

A favourite is the heritage toys and crafts for the students to play with and a quill pen and ink to sign their name in a paper book.

Time: One hour

 

 

One Room School House

Take your class back to the 1800's as they learn their lesson with slate and slate pencil.  The beginnings of school in Canada and the opportunity for education will be discussed and the students will participate in some old-time lessons as they are taught the proper etiquette for a pioneer child whilst participating in typical gender lessons. The three "R's" weather signs, the science of farming and more will be studied by your pioneer students

Time One hour

 

 

HerStory History

Pauline's Performances are a collection of self penned
narratives of some of Canada's heroines and pioneers

 
Marguerite LaRoche France to Canada 1542
Elizabeth Davis Ghent Revolutionary War
Anne Morden Dundas Valley, 1787
Laura Secord Heroine of The War of 1812
Elizabeth Rapleje St Thomas, The War of 1812
Marie Anne Gaboury Grandmother of Louis Riel
Annie Connor Ireland to Canada, 1847
Abigail Becker Heroine of Long Point, 1854
Louisa Robinson Allan Toronto 1855
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Educator and Author
Emily Ferguson Murphy Suffragist and Reformer, 1917
Minerva Hall Toronto's Centennial, 1934
Ruth Ireland Burlington 1855
Agnes Macdonald Wife of Sir John A. Macdonald
Queen Victoria  
Lucy Patrick  Lambeth (London) 1809
Edith Cavall Heroine of World War 1
Elizabeth Fisher Stong York (Toronto) 1816
  And Many More...    30 to 45 minutes

 

 

Piecing Together Canada's History Through Quilts

A condensed version of this programme that showcases handmade quilt designs from the past appeared in the Fall 2014 edition of the Canadian Quilter Magazine which is distributed across Canada. Stories, Traditions and Superstitions honour the quilt designs from long ago.

No thread running through Canada's history is stronger or more consistent than in their use as links between women and their female descendants. Many women felt that the female family, past, present and in the future was important and that these generations were united by the quilts that were the works of their hands and their hearts.
Pauline is the Social Historian for the South Western Ontario Barn Quilt Trail.
 

 

Irish Legends and Tales

Meet the wee creatures of the Emerald Isle

The Leprechaun, the Pooka, the Fir Dirrig, the Banshee and the Irish Cinderlad (Ireland's version of Cinderella) come to life with Pauline's spinning of the yarn.  Unlock your imagination as you travel across Ireland.

Time: One Hour

 

The Traditions and Legends of Hallowe'en

Hallow'en dates back to the Samhain's end of the summer festival and has its roots deep in the traditions from the British Isles and France.  Many of these traditions traveled to Canada with the Scottish and Northern Irish in the early 1800's and the people later added modern Victorian traditions based on the "old ways" .
Children will learn that their modern celebration is not very far from the holiday celebrated by children across the sea and in Canada of long ago.  Hallowe'en is seen in a different light with more meaning for the modern traditions!

Time: One Hour

 

The Legends and Traditions of Christmas

Students will learn of the boy Nicholas who became St. Nicholas and our present day Santa Claus, and the people who wrote the first poems and stories in his honour.  The traditions of the Pioneers who first came to Canada will be presented with samples of some of their crafts and decorations.  If requested this programme can include a craft.  Upon request, the background of some of the traditional stories and songs of Christmas will be included.

Time :One Hour

 

Aboriginal Stories  -  Let the Fur Fly

Following her Native roots Pauline will tell traditional stories handed down orally before they were printed on the page.  Thoughtful stories from a variety of teachings to explain how and why it came to be.

Stories in this presentation include “ How Chipmunk Got her Stripes”, “Coyote and the Laughing Butterfly”, “ How Coyote Stole Fire”,  “Why Blackbird has White Eyes”,  Rabbit the Hunter” and “The Dancing People, the Spirit of the Deer”.



Stories of the Aboriginal Farm workers

Stories of the Aboriginal Farm workers are seldom told and not generally recorded in the pages of history, yet their roles were vital to Canadian farms including those in the Village of Aldershot where Pauline lives. At the request of the Métis Women’s Circle of Hamilton Pauline spent two years researching and interviewing Elders from the community to piece together this important part of our history.

This history is told in first person as Pauline portrays a 1947 farm wife reminiscing about the Native farm workers, their families and their contributions throughout the years in the Aldershot farming community and beyond.

Told with the permission of the Métis Women’s Circle http://www.metiswomenscircle.ca/

 

The Freeman Train Station

The Freeman Train Station was a busy hub of comings and goings from the hamlet of Freeman and the centre of Burlington carrying people and produce to Toronto, Chicago, New York, up into Georgetown and beyond.
The first train station, constructed in 1850 was lost in a fire, re-constructed and then burned down again in 1904. The station was finally re-constructed in 1906. A group of local historians has worked tirelessly to preserve the Freeman Train Station and portray its history.
Pauline speaks in first person as a lady living in Freeman circa 1920. Her stories reminisce about the activities that have surrounded the station thus far and the lives of local farmers and businessmen who continue as regular visitors to the Freeman Train Station, an important piece of the history of Burlington Ontario.

 

 

If Teapots Could Talk
Celebrating Canada’s history from the year of confederation into the future

Can you imagine how many cups of tea have been shared in the parlour, on special occasions, family gatherings, when someone needed to be consoled or to wipe away a tear? What stories would be told if teapots could talk?


Family teapots were packed for the journey to Canada and when families moved from one household to another within this great country of ours.


Pauline will take you on a brief journey through time with the supposed stories of teapots that might have belonged to famous and not so famous people while Canada’s history was unfolding. 


Teapots must have absorbed more feeling from shared moments with their owners and their visitors than we can ever imagine.




 

 

 

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