Topics Catalog

We tell the stories behind history helping our audiences laugh, wonder and enjoy learning about a wide variety of subjects. There are plenty of details in the stories shared, yet the audience gains the big picture outlook on the topic.  We have developed a diverse selection of presentations that can delight almost any audience.

 

Some organizations hire us to present monthly entertaining talks to their residents. Libraries and community centers engage us to present topics that align with quarterly themes; others use our catalog of speaker topics to solve a unique need for an entertaining discussion.  How can we help you?

New topics for 2022 -
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Near-term scheduled ZOOM public presentations

Please register at the respective Library event websites.

​Stories from early Inns & Taverns across CT and New England - 5/24/2022 , 7 PM, -- Newtown Library, Newtown, CT

Connecticut Innovations that helped to change the world - 6/14/2022 , 7 PM, -- Newtown Library, Newtown, CT

Stories from early Inns & Taverns across CT and New England - 6/23/2022 ,   6:30 PM, -- Torrington Library, Torrington, CT

Juneteenth - 6/28/2022 , 7 PM, -- Newtown Library, Newtown, CT

Titanic - 7/6/2022 , 6:00 PM, -- Danbury Library, Danbury, CT

Connecticut Innovations that helped to change the world - 7/14/2022 , 6:30 PM, -- Torrington Library, Torrington, CT

Beatrix Farrand - Aspirations in Time - 7/21/2022 , 7 PM, -- Newtown Library, Newtown, CT

 

 

 

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Spymistresses - 1/25/2022, 7:00 PM --  Newtown Library

Stagecoaches, Railroads and Airlines – the history of people on the move - 2/08/2022, 7:00 PM --  Newtown Library

Connecticut Wrappers - Made in the shade - 2/16/2022, 6:30 PM --  Granby Library, Granby, CT

Pearl Harbor and the puzzle of surprise - 2/22/2022, 7:00 PM --  Newtown Library

Titanic - 3/10/2022, 2:00 PM --  Keystone Senior Center Torrington

Dope, Fabric and Guts – true stories of the earliest airplanes and their flyers- 3/15/2022, 7:00 PM --  Newtown Library

Tales from Connecticut's Aviation History - 3/23/2022 , Time TBD, -- Danbury Men's Club,  Membership required

Tales from Connecticut's Aviation History - 3/24/2022 , 7 PM , --Waterbury University Club,  Membership required

Spymistresses - The story of Allied women spies in WWII - 3/27/2022, 2:00 PM --  Seymour Historical Society, Seymour, CT

What Have the Daughter's Done - 4/16/2022, 10:00 AM -- Daughter's of the American Revolution - Virginia

Women’s Work in WWII - 4/19/2022, 7:00 PM --  Newtown Library, Newtown, CT

 

Women’s Work in WWII - 4/21/2022, 6:00 PM --  Burnham Library, Bridgewater, CT

Tales from Connecticut's Aviation History - 5/10/2022 , 2 PM, -- Southbury Library, Southbury, CT

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Speaker Profile

John Cilio has been on the historical storyteller speaker circuit for over 13 years. He has seven published books ranging from historical aviation topics to women’s accomplishments in the WWII workplace. His fifty-plus articles have been published nationally in newspapers and magazines and in private manufacturer magazines.

 

He is an American Marketing Association Award winner and has partnered with organizations including the State of Connecticut, the National Archives and the Smithsonian in support of sponsored presentations. John Cilio is an honorary member of the WWII Connecticut Lost Squadron organization and a volunteer at Connecticut Audubon's Deer Pond Farm.

 

Contact John at: Email: johnvintageflyer@gmail.com     Telephone or text: 860-488-2972

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