Seminar Topics
Nine-time book author Captain Rick offers six approximately one-hour talk-slide show presentations on the: 1) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD,  2) THE TRAIL OF TEARS, 3) FLORIDA’S BIG BEND GULF COAST, 4) THE OHIO RIVER,  5) THE POTOMAC RIVER, and 6) Captain Rick as LT. GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT

Presentations are tailored to your audience (e.g., from grade school to college, to adult, to senior programs), and they generally focus on some of the lesser known historical facts. Programs are enhanced by a multi-media slide show. Portable projector is suitable for audiences of up to 250 persons. 

The fee for most one-hour program is $150/program plus traveling expenses* (*only applicable, if your program is outside Pinellas or Hillsborough County, Florida).  General Ulysses S., Grant is $200.

1) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: This passionate presentation addresses slavery in America and those courageous individuals, both black and white, who became the vanguard of a well-organized resistance against established authorities –and the first such popular movement since our American Revolution. About 40 (many color) slides enhance this presentation, which primarily focuses on the period between 1800 and our Civil War.

2) THE TRAIL OF TEARS: This moving program addresses the plight of our eastern Native Americans, primarily focusing on the Cherokees.  The Cherokees educated themselves to fight for their rights in the white man’s legal arena.  But despite of their noble efforts, they were nearly decimated.  About 35 (many color) slides enhance this presentation, which primary focuses on the period from 1800 to 1840. 

3) THE OHIO RIVER IN AMERICAN HISTORY: This regional travel log is accompanied by about 45 color slides.  A boating trip down the Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela, Kanawha, and a few other Ohio River tributaries address this six-state region’s rich history, industries –past and present, the commerce being shipped up and down the rivers today, the past and present locks and dams on the rivers, as well as present-day boating concerns.

4) EXPLORING FLORIDA’S BIG BEND GULF COAST:  This regional travel log is accompanied by about 40 color slides.  The region is the second oldest part of Florida inhabited by the white man.  Prior Native American cultures, and Spanish, French and American influences also are addressed.   Besides exploring about 300 miles of the Gulf Coast, there are also long river trips up the Suwannee, Apalachicola and Chattahoochee Rivers.

5) DISCOVERING THE POTOMAC RIVER: This regional travel log is accompanied by about 40 color slides.  A 100-mile boat trip up the tidal Potomac River addresses America’s first Catholic Colony –Maryland, as well as the rival Protestant settlements across the river in Virginia.  By water, we reach our nation’s capital, and explore some of the older nearby areas, such as Alexandria, Virginia and Georgetown --now part of Washington DC.

6) Captain Rick as ULYSSES S. GRANT: Upon arriving in Philadelphia very early Saturday Morning April 15, 1865, Union General Ulysses Grant learns terrible news.  President Abraham Lincoln has been mortally wounded.  Grant heads back to Washington DC aboard a special train.  During this train ride back to Washington, Grant reflects back on his own life ...a life full of failures and a few hard-fought victories, as he correctly assumes that the weight of his badly fractured nation --a nation he dearly loves, is about to fall upon his shoulders.


"I have had the opportunity on more than one occasion to hear author Rick Rhodes speak and I am always intrigued by his remarks. He definitely does his research and you can see his passion for history. It comes through in his talks, which help to make his presentations insightful, educational and entertaining. I do not know where he has been all these years, when he should have been on the speaking circuit, but I am glad to see he is now out in the world sharing with people his knowledge and experience. If he is coming to your community, by all means, try to go see his talk. It will be well worth your time, that's for sure." -- Dale W. Hutchings, Marketing Specialist, St. Petersburg, Florida

"Rick Rhodes brings history to life by including interesting anecdotes. He turns the lecture hall into a time machine revealing the truth of characters by helping his audience see through their eyes and feel their emotions. His dynamic speaking style makes for an entertaining lecture." -- Sheila Wasserman BS, MBA business owner and freelance writer 

Contact Captain Rick Rhodes:
    360 Mt. Oak Ave. NE
    St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    Toll Free: 888-459-5992
    Mobile: 727-459-5992
    Fax: 727-527-8287
    or rickkrhodes@gmail.com
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