Become a 21st century Salonnier.
I am a "story teller" and will help you arrange a presentation for your friends, club or group on any topic you wish or I can choose one for you.
My presentations last about 45 minutes to an hour and I will be available for a question and answer section as well as a discussion afterwards. The conversations really begin at the end of my "Story".
I am also available as a guide for visits to historic places, museums or guided tours.
A full list of possible topics is available upon request.
Please refer to the list of the magazine articles I have written for possible further topics.
Prices may be based on audience size
Prices upon request
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Calendar at Gulliver Academy
THE FABULOUS BOUVIER SISTERS
When Princess Lee Radziwill passed away earlier this year it was truly the end of an era and engendered a renewed interest in the world of elegance, tragedy and glamour in which these two extraordinary and accomplished women lived.
PALM BEACH GOTHIC
Murder, Scandal and Splendor
From the mysterious death of railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to the secrets of the Kennedy Villa to the storied history of Mar-a-lago , Palm Beach has been a moasic of gifted designers, famous families and international scandals. the glittering sands, terrazzo terraces and coral rock columns have seen more then share of the dark side of glamour .
CASTLES IN SPAIN
The boyhood dreams of the other Deering brother
Both of the two gilded age brothers attracted a bohemian set of international set of bohemian writes, artists , movie stars. and architects. however, of the two it was Charles who truly had the soul of the artist. he studied in Paris with John Singer Sargent and bought and restored several castles in Spain which he then gave to the Spanish government before retiring to his Spanish fortress in the jungles of Florida.
WHO KILLED THE BRACH CANDY HEIRESS
Helen Brach, one of the wealthiest women in America and heiress to the brach candy fortune went to the mayo clinic for a checkup after which she was driven off in a chauffeured limousine and was never seen again. Who was it; the houseman who had recently and inexplicably bought a restaurant grade meat grinder, or was it the playboy in Ocala who had sold her race horses except they weren't, or was it the mob boss in Chicago who somehow was involved in the world of the beloved socialite. the odd disappearance of one of Americans wealthiest women might have finally been solved or has it?
More three day getaways in Florida and up the east coast
TWO FIELD TRIPS ARE PLANNED THIS YEAR FOR OUR GULLIVER PARENTS
After my lecture on palm beach we will visit the mansion and worth avenue iand end our after noon with lunch n gilded age splendor in at the historic breakers.
A trip to the Charles Deering estate for a history and craft demonstrations with a lovely lunch planned on the ocean .
"For me, the best part of Mr. Kings presentations are the conversations they inspire after he finishes. His "stories" always open up subjects that we discuss for hours afterward and he always stays until the end of the evening talking with us." Oved Diaz-Photographer
"Mr King took took our group on a guided tour to Villa Vizcaya. The villa is a visual feast but Mr King's details of how life was lived in those surroundings during the 1920's was invaluable as it allowed us to visualize the villa as it was more clearly. For example the drive is now asphalt but he pointed out that back in the day winding drive was made completely of crushed seashells glittering in the sun and the owner had two men whose only job was to rake the drive into geometric designs whenever a car passed through. I highly recommend Mr. King as a guide, he truly has the power to make history come alive." Sally Peters- Talent Manager
"Mr King was able to change, with short notice, the subject of the presentation we had originally asked him to do. The subject was completely different but his wonderful visuals and presentation didn't suffer because of the time constraints, it was as seamless and entertaining as ever. I highly recommend his unique "story telling" abilities." Andrea Libra- Talent Facilitator
Some of my recent " story telling" presentations have focused on the following topics.
A recreation of Havana when it was the international playground of movie stars, Cafe society and mobsters. From the Gran Prix to the lavish nightclubs, bars and hotels, the dolce vita of life before the revolution.
Famous Women of Florida
From Hedy Lamrr to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, women pioneers from the world of Business, Aviation, Conservation, Literature and Science are revealed.
The gilded age palazzo of industrialist James Deering and his designer Paul Chalfin is explored. 500 years of art, artisans and craftsman were collected from around the world and transported to an Italian palace in the jungles of Florida.
The Shepherdess Queen and the Swindle of the Century.
This story involves a Queen, a Cardinal, two court jewelers and a scheming Countess who masterminds a swindle that brings on the French Revolution.
In 1784, Marie Antoinette is ensconced in her fantasy peasant village at Versailles, totally unaware of the nefarious plot unfolding around her, until, an odd conversation with her jewelers about a five million dollar diamond necklace opens the floodgates to the grandest scam of the 18th century.
PRINCESS AINA AND THE EMERALD PARROT
I have been working all summer on a fictionalized account on the life Princess Alia who was the daughter of a king in what is present day Nigeria. Captured by a rival king Ain 1840 and scheduled for execution at 7 years old she is suddenly rescued by Captian Forbes of the Royal Navy and taken to England where her name is changed to Sarah Bonett Forbes and Queen Victoria adopts her as her Goddaughter. The touching relationship obetween the Captian , the Queen and the little African Princess without a home during this turbulent time in 19th century history makes for an unforgettable story.
We follow her story from the time of her rescue to the her return many years later to the find a parrot she lost on that fatefull day
The book is being written for children in the 6 to 12 year age rage. in collaboration with the Queen of Hearts. I shall say no more.
I hope to publish within this school year
May I pick the topics for Mr. Kings Presentations or Stories?
Yes. Any topic you wish to hear may be given to me to research and present.
How much notice do I need to give Mr. King in advance?
I require two weeks notice to research the topic, gather the visuals and creat a narrative to make the "story "come alive.
Does Mr. King do special guided tours to museums or historic places?
Yes, I will arrange trips for you, your friends , clubs or groups to various historic or cultural venues.
How much does an evening presentation or guided tour cost?
Prices are available upon request. Prices may vary due to crowd size.
Kevin Bradford King
Author, Storyteller, Educator
My father was an Air Force Colonel who served in three wars. My mother was a former Miss Texas who broadcast from Tokyo Rose's studio during the occupation of Japan after WWII.
He taught me to love History and she taught me the importance of imagination. As an Air Force brat I have live all over the world form Belgium to New Mexico and have learned the value of different peoples stories.
My degrees in Philosophy and History opened the door to my fascination with , and knowledge of, world cultures.
I have spent twenty-eight years as an educator, lecturer and author and have written numerous articles on art, history and culture for national magazines. I am currently working on a children's book titled Fan Fan and the Goldfinch.
Like all teachers I am a "story teller" by nature. I have taught the "stories " of ancient history from Early Man to the Renaissance for 28 years at Gulliver Academy. It has been a rewarding career.
The Centennial Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers 2005/2006
Triple recognition in Who's Who among American Teachersr
2002 Definitive Edition
Two time recipient of the Deaver Foundation- Excellence in Teaching Award 2003 and 2005
My lecture series started four years ago when a parent suggested that I should teach my course in ancient history to adults. I arranged such a talk and the public was overwhelming receptive. I was very honored and humbled and since then I have been busy doing presentations for the public.
Everyone loves a great story!
I am a story teller. As an educator I have brought the glittering labyrinth of history to life for my students and adults alike.
My goal is to expand the horizons of my fellow travelers by taking them through the historical labyrinths of human experience. From the scandals of the courts of Europe to the complicated lives of artists and inventors to the architectural wonders of the world and the men and woman who inspired them, all are wating to be explored.
I would also like to help people create their own 21st century Salons, gathering friends for an evening of enlightened conversation on subjects introduced by topics of their choosing. I humbly offer myself as your guide.
THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL ARTIST AND DESIGNER SERGIO BARADAT
MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV INTRODUCES NEW ARTISTS AT HIS ANNUAL ARTS CELEBRATION IN SARASOTA FLORIDA
A PASSION FOR LIVING
THE 36 MILLION DOLLAR SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM OPENS IN ST PETERSBURG FLORIDA
THE COLLECTIVE CULTURAL PSYCHE-THE ARTIST AND SOCIETY
THE MAGNIFICENT VATICAN COLLECTION ON TOUR
CELEBRATING THE BYZANTINE LEGACY OF THE FABLED COLLECTION OF THE JOHN AND MABEL RINGLING MUSEUM.
THE FAMOUS HAPSBURG TAPESTRIES
THE ART, ARCHITECTURE, LITERATURE AND MUSIC OF PRE REVOLUTIONARY CUBA IS PRESERVED IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.
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