Stories and Presentations

In addition to storytelling, Tricia also gives historic presentations. Here are a few of them:

"Lizzie Borden: Did She Do It?"
In 1892 a young woman named Lizzie Borden found herself the accused murderer of her father and stepmother. Although she was acquitted of all charges, rumor mills and gossipmongers relentlessly pursued her the rest of her life. Over a century later, the name Lizzie Borden still conjures the image of an axe-wielding murderess. In this presentation, Tricia hopes to peel away decades of hearsay, misinformation, and media lies to reveal the real Lizzie Borden of Fall River.

"Robert Louis Stevenson: Myths Revealed"
We may only think of Stevenson as the author of Treasurer Island or A Child’s Garden of Verses, but he also wrote chilling tales like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the short story “The Body Snatcher.” Tricia recounts the stranger-than-fiction life of Stevenson and share some of the ghastly, real-life people and events that inspired Stevenson’s writing.

"Nellie Bly: Adventures of a 'Mad' Woman"
Tricia brings to life one of Victorian America’s true mavericks, New York journalist Nellie Bly. In addition to her famous trip around the world, Bly also took on the role of an inmate at Blackwell’s Asylum, writing of the horrors she witnessed. This one hour, first person presentation is sure to enlighten and entertain.

"The Terrifying Truth About Victorian Medicine"
Ah, Victorian life. Graceful. Elegant. Chivalric. Deadly. While you may pine away, dreaming of life in days gone by, there’s something you should know first...

Tricia brings to the forefront some astounding—and truly horrifying—information about the “science” of Victorian medicine. Learn how to stop a cough with boiled mercury and laudanum, or how to lessen a child’s fever by wrapping them in ice blankets and loading them with heroin. Please be advised: this lecture presents graphic images and gruesome situations.

"The Extraordinary Life of Orson Welles"
Orson Welles was most famous-or perhaps infamous-for The War of the Worlds and Citizen Kane. But despite his almost mythical status, the real Orson Welles is all but unknown. Storyteller Tricia Kelly will put the spotlight on Mr. Welles' life and career through stories and accompanying PowerPoint to expose why Orson Welles deserves to be called a legend.

If you would like to book Tricia for your event, please call (815) 202-9933  or email