About Lori Roberts

Lori Roberts is an author, educator, historian and presenter for historical events and workshops. Lori has been an educator for more than twenty years, currently teaching United States History at the Middle School level.

Lori as a living historian, often portrays Mrs. Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

She has spoken at Civil War events in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. As a presenter, Lori has given first-person programs to the Southern Indiana Education Center/Living History Fellowship Grant, Journey Through the Hallowed Ground Conference, George Mason University. Lori was a 2011 nominee for the Guilder Lehrman Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Lori has a passion for history, and bringing history to life for her audience. Bringing characters to life through historical interpretation is one method Lori uses to engage her students in the classroom. 

Living History Programs offered by Lori include:

  • Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch watchmaker who was sent to the concentration camp for hiding Jews during WW2
  • Martha Washington, First Lady and wife of President George Washington
  • Polly Tabor, wife of Joshua Tabor, pioneers during 1848 who set off for Oregon on the Oregon Trail.
  • Mourning Customs During the Civil War - Topics include mourning jewelry, beliefs, clothing, funeral customs
  • Southern Lady Program - includes life as a southern lady and Victorian parlor games and the language of the fan.
  • Pictured at right, Lori as Mrs. Ann Hay Jennings, the First Lady of Indiana for the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and Lori portraying Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

Living History Program Overview:

*Program choices are listed below.  In addition to First-person interpretation, Lori is available to speak at Book Clubs, Professional Development Workshops, and historical societies. 

Program Length

• 20 minute program - This would be perfect for Ladies Tea or Socials. 
• 45 - 60 minute program - This program works well with Professional Development workshops, reenactment events, historical society meetings, etc. 
• Whatever the event, a program can be tailored to suit your group.

Program Fees

• Single Day Presentation - $150 
• Two Days of Presentations - $350 (This includes presenting for two days at your event.)

*All fees include travel within 20 miles of my home in Bedford, Indiana. Over 20 miles a charge of .50 cents a mile is added.
**There are occasions where my fee is negotiable.  Please contact me for additional information.
***Different characters follow same rates and times.

More about Lori Roberts: 

As a school speaker, Lori's program meets Indiana Academic Standards for Social Studies in grades 3-12.   The program is also suitable for children and adults alike.

Lori holds memberships with the Abner Baker Chapter #1404 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Knoxville, TN. , Lawrence County Living Historians, and the Jackson County Historical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction.

Lori is a member of the Lawrence Co. Living Historians, Jackson Co. Historical Society, 8th Kentucky Infantry Living Historians, and O'ROY  (Our Reflections Of Yesterday) Living Historians.

She was a 2011 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year nominee.  She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, and certification to teach United States History in Middle and High School.  Lori holds a Master of Arts in Teaching / Curriculum and Instruction.

In May of 2012, Lori published her first novel, Lost Letters: A Civil War Love Story. In July of 2013, Lori released her second novel, Willow. Lori's third novel Cries in the Night was released in October, 2015.  Lori's next novel, Where the Sweetgrass Grows, will be released in late 2017

She and her husband, Doug, make their home in rural South Central Indiana. They have three children and four grandchildren.


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