Russ Gifford
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My Presentations:

Those Who Came Before Us: Regional Prehistory

Native Americans and American History

The Founding Fathers

The American Revolution & Creation of the Republic

A History of the House of Representatives

Presidential Leadership

Contentious Elections in American History

One Term Wonders

Pivotal Moments In American History

The American Civil War and Reconstruction

The Crucible - America After the War of Rebellion

Westward Expansion

Traveling the West in the 19th Century

Supremely Confident: Legal Cases that Changed History

The Fight for the Right to Vote - the Women's Movement

Women Making a Difference

The Rise and Fall of Mass Media

The Great War

The 1920s

Regional Greats

WWII - 75 Years Later

Justice Delayed: The Civil Rights Movement

The Cold War

The History of the CIA

The War in Vietnam

My Generation: The History of the 1960s

Boomer Classics: Books that Shaped the Sixties

Into the Darkness: 1968

Power to the People - from the 1950s to Today

The History of Rock n Roll: The First 30 Years

Regional History

Those Who Came Before: The Mill Creek Culture

Iowa in the American Civil War

Sioux City: Our History and Our Hopes

Sioux City: Ground Zero in the Great Depression

Sioux City: Crime Corruption, & Redemption

World History

The Crusades

The Reformation at 500

Written Works and Articles

Spectacular Voyage: Lewis and Clark in Our Region

Murder On Water Street: The Death Rev. Haddock

A Glimpse of the Past: Steamboat Perils

Empty Parking Lots and Dark Wal-Marts

Susan B. Anthony and  Sioux City in the 1870s

A Chance Encounter with a Legend


Music of 1966:Summer in the City

Music of 1966:Music of Blond on Blond

About Russ Gifford

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These are Documents to be read. Some are web pages, some include pictures. Others are text only.
Clicking the link will take you to the PDF document, or to a web page.

Dashiell Hammett and the Creation of the American Detective (PDF) Click Here

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of America's contribution to literature! Length: 22 Pages (but with lots of pictures.)

A Chance Encounter with a Legend (Web Page) Click Here (Very short - 1 page article)

It was only a momentary meeting, a chance encounter of temporary tablemates, not of any importance.

Susan B. Anthony and Sioux City (PDF) Click Here

Introduces readers Sioux City as it moves from a frontier town to a regional agricultural center, and to Susan B. Anthony, who today is the iconic leader of the suffrage movement, but then was a front lines foot soldier in the battle. Length: 23 pages

Spectacular Voyage: Lewis and Clark in Our Region Click Here

We will follow the Lewis & Clark Expedition on their travel through the regions of today's Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Length: 74 pages (for the history section.)




Looking for a speaker that holds audiences spellbound? Attend one of Russ Gifford's many classes!

       “His ratings were the highest for our entire season of 12 workshops, and far eclipsed those for the previous season. He created a fantastic class, and people left feeling empowered.” -- Dr. Lynn Barteck, Tri State Graduate Center

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