Gordon Thomas Ward
Nationally Recognized Author & Presenter

Inspiring Lectures, Books, & Music
powerful, engaging, lively, informative

"A gifted presenter...listening to Gordon has to be experienced to be believed!"

P.O. Box 226, Pottersville, NJ 07979
908-295-2391

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Nine, Engaging, Entertaining, and Inspirational Presentations
for a Variety of Groups

Nationally recognized presenter and author Gordon Thomas Ward is planning performances throughout 2012 and 2013. Schedule this unique and celebrated historian, raconteur, and musician for a very special presentation at your venue!

Bookings are currently being accepted for any of the presentations and/or the workshop.  Please check the Events Bulleting Board on the Home Page for dates that have already been set.  If you would like to book a presentation/workshop or submit feedback about a presentation, you are invited to call 908-295-2391 or use the E-mail form on the "Contact GTW" page of this website.

 

 

Presentation #1 NEW this summer!

Tracing Infinity
Bridging the Gap between Earth and Heaven
(based upon the author's book of the same name)

            Tracing Infinity will take you on an exploration, one that will show you how close our lives are to heaven and the source of our existence. Discovering God’s immersion in our lives is not complicated; the clues are all around us! We just need to learn how to see. Meadows, mountains, gardens, coastlines, and open rangeland are all God’s classrooms for author Gordon Thomas Ward, and he will teach you how you can find evidence of God wherever you happen to be, even in your own backyard. Our lives are saturated in God. Even when we feel we are in the wildlands and winters of our lives, we are always in the presence of the Eternal. We can find holy breadcrumbs, evidence of the Infinite, leading us on our life paths and laid out by our Creator. Come and see how the Divine touches us all on our incredible journeys.

 

Presentation #2 NEW this summer!

Story-Songs of History

        Audiences adore this evocative presentation of original songs and their inspiring stories celebrating the rich histories and secreted tales of our shared past. Many of the songs Gordon performs are from his CD Welcome to the Past. Presented in brilliant detail, Mr. Ward uses a “behind the music” format combining enchanting anecdotes, vocals, and a multi-instrumental accompaniment to transport listeners on a captivating journey through time.

"Gordon's enthusiasm and engagement with the audience gave the evening the feel of a 'private tour' with Gordon's many talents on display.  His musical performance was particularly spot-on, providing both the narrative and evocative resonance of the past which only music, well performed, can draw forth from our collective heart."   ~ Local historian and author Dr. Jude Pfister

 

Presentation #3 NEW!

Welcome to the Past
(based upon the author's book A Bit of Earth)

          Immerse yourself in this entertaining and informative evening of tales, songs, poetry, and ghost stories about our history.  This timeless, multimedia presentation celebrates the layers of history in our landscapes, which can be truly magical places where the past is very much alive and entwined with the present.  In brilliant detail, Mr. Ward both entertains and illustrates the signatures we leave behind us and celebrates the geographies of our lives.

"Gordon's versatile program combined poetry, music, and storytelling as he narrated the sights, sounds, and scenes of our shared history.  Gordon was a consummate tour guide and translator as he peeled away the layers of time to show that the past might not be as foreign a place as we might think.  His engagement with the audience, and musical performance was spot-on." ~ Local historian and author Dr. Jude Pfister on Gordon's performance at Morristown National Historical Park

 

Presentation #4

Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail
(based upon the author's book Life on the Shoulder)

        This engaging program draws from the author's book Life on the Shoulder and details his entire 1,800 mile journey by canoe and bicycle along the Missouri, Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia Rivers and by foot over the Bitterroot Mountains.  Described as "like hitting the trail with Lewis and Clark" by the Mystic Seaport Museum, this presentation includes stunning, projected photographs and Gordon Ward’s personal anecdotes, which allow attendees to travel back through time, revisiting the places explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and recorded in their journals and the pages of history as they searched for the Northwest Passage.  One also embarks on a journey through the diverse environments of the current American West.  Aside from the historical aspects of the topic, the presentation compares and contrasts the differences between a modern retracing and the original expedition two hundred years ago.  In addition, audience members will also hear how the original journey was also very much a story about the strength and guidance of women and investigate the two journeys from psychological and philosophical perspectives.

 

Presentation #5

God and Angels on the Lewis and Clark Trail
(based upon the author's book Life on the Shoulder)

          Adults and youth will find meaning in this inspirational presentation by the author of Life on the Shoulder discussing how his travels along the Lewis and Clark Trail altered his life and made his faith a permanent reality to him.  Come and hear how awareness can be one of our most precious gifts.  Augmented by illustrative PowerPoint photographs and numerous, remarkable stories, the presentation will detail how Gordon’s 1,800 mile journey by bicycle, foot, and canoe and the original expedition are also stories about being in the presence of God, angels, and their ever-present, protective and guiding force.  Gordon’s expedition ultimately proved to be a discovery of self and a connection with everything outside of his being and demonstrated how narrow our scope of life can be, how much energy is wasted on worry, and how, at the moment when we feel we are most alone, we are truly in the company of our most trusted and dependable guides.

 

Presentation #6

Gateways to History

        Celebrated authors and presenters Dr. Jude M. Pfister and Gordon Thomas Ward will present different perspectives on the era of the American Revolution as it relates to the Morristown, NJ, area. First, Dr. Jude M. Pfister (author of The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion and The Fords of New Jersey) will discuss the Ford family of Morris County, New Jersey, along with their mansion in Morristown. Both the Ford Family and their home participated in and witnessed some of the most trying times of the first century of the American pageant. The multi-layered family history is tangibly represented in the multi-floored and memory-laden mansion, which stands to this day as a testament to the passage of time and the enduring power of place. Following this, Gordon Thomas Ward (author of local history books A Bit of Earth and Ghosts of Central Jersey) will discuss both history and folklore. For Mr. Ward, the landscapes around us can be truly magical places where he considers the past to be very much alive and entwined with the present. In keeping with this program's Revolutionary theme, Mr. Ward will discuss the 1779-1780 encampment of the New Jersey Brigade in Jockey Hollow and their encampment site, which was discovered in the 1960s. He will also entertain you with several, seldom-told ghost stories connected with local historic sites from the time of the American Revolution. Projected photos will complement the entire presentation.

Presentation #7 NEW!

Ghosts I've Come to Know

        Did you ever wonder what’s on the other side? As a well-respected investigator of ghosts and hauntings for forty years and an author on the topic, Mr. Ward has developed a distinctive approach and body of evidence to support the belief in the survival of the human consciousness after death. This program includes new photos, audio recordings, developing theories, and information collected from his favorite, historic, investigation sites. This presentation will leave you with a fresh perspective on what happens us all after the transition we call death.

"Your program was excellent!  We had a great turnout and everyone stayed glued to their seats for the entire talk!" ~ Carol Anderson, Adult Program Coordinator, Teaneck Public Library, Teaneck, NJ

“As a professional who considers myself to be a ‘skeptical believer’ in an afterlife, I found your presentation to be both eye-opening and fascinating.  I’m very pleased I came to hear you speak.” ~ Audience member Philip Latimer

 

Presentation #8

Ghosts: What They Are and How to Investigate Them

       What's the real scoop is on ghosts?  The answer is not found in gothic novels or Hollywood. The descriptions of what ghosts are and what they are not has come a long way.  The word “ghost” is really an umbrella term that defines many types of paranormal phenomena.  Survival of the human personality has become a popular topic and one that has mounting evidence to support its claims.  Combining many years of involvement in the level-headed investigation of haunted locations with a unique, spiritual perspective on the topic, audio clips, and photographs, Gordon Ward will share his experiences and evidence, explain his views on ghosts, and teach attendees how to conduct their own, sound investigations without costly equipment.

 

Presentation #9

Historic Haunts of Central Jersey
(based upon the author's book Ghosts of Central Jersey)

        What ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of central New Jersey?  How accurate are the traditional stories?  From the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River, Historic Haunts delivers a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena. This presentation also mixes in numerous PowerPoint Photos of investigation sites and audio clips of unexplained voices.  The combination of an open-minded enthusiasm and a level-headed approach underscores this collection of reports that will inform, entertain and lead audience members to places where the past is considered to be very much alive and entwined with the present.

 

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