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SME - Portals of Time

...is the dynamic team of Belinda and Mike Adams. Gymnasium, stage, or outdoor setting—educational and entertaining assemblies and programs for all occasions and all ages—programs are designed to fit your site.

New group of Union troops"The students were delighted"
-Brandon, WI

"Excellent program! History came alive..."
-Belleville, IL

"[H]eld students’ attention very well. Even the small children were enthralled"
—Longford, KS

The Buffalo Hunters, 1860s -1870s. How one family made their mark on Kansas! Join Jedidiah and Sarah Star and their two teenage daughters as they hunt buffalo, smoke the meat, and sell meat and hides to trading posts. Hear how the demand changes the hunt over time, and how Sarah copes alone on the ranch.

How long does it take to skin a buffalo?

What do you do with the meat and hide? And the questions for all time: If there were so many buffalo in the early 1800s, what happened to them? Who were the people who followed the great herds of buffalo and harvested the meat, hides, and bones, and why did they do it? Questions are answered willingly and thoroughly.

The Scout and the Schoolteacher

Schoolteacher Victoria WestmanWagon scout, former fur trapper and trader, Charles Tagggert's contempt for the “civilized” immigrant will bring a smile to your face! His first experience on the Santa Fe Road in 1824 will enthrall you. Listen as Mrs. Victoria Westman prepares to travel west on the Oregon Trail with her canine companion, Thor. Learn what is required to make the arduous journey. Mrs. Westman will hold “classes expect all to participate in lessons taken from 1836 McGuffy’s Readers. Practice spelling, reading, arithmetic, and elocution. Imagine your group spending an entire day learning about wagon travel. Churn butter for your noon meal. Map the route and write postcards to the family left behind! Workbooks for “hands-on” study.

John Henry, Civil War Soldier

An unbiased look at the Civil War—two soldiers, both named John Henry, share their experiences from everyday camp chores to battle fields. A full-day in-depth hands-on program which involves drilling, flag design, rationing, and games.

All seven programs include displays of authentic artifacts and weaponry while highlighting different time periods! Begin with a one hour program, have them set up their camp and let students or visitors rotate through, or both!

Length 45 minutes to 1 hour

Age suitability All ages

Travel restrictions None — two or more programs when over 150 miles from home

Fees (Travel expenses additional)

One hour program $250+ expenses
Three presentations $600+
One day in-depth study $600

Contact information

Belinda Adams/SME-Portals of Time
(620) 288-9869
PO Box 38 New Albany, KS 66759



This site was created in 2003 by the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historic Performers and Ride into History Cultural and Educational Project, Inc. with an Attraction Development Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing Travel & Tourism Development Division

Original site concept and development by Danny C. Boyce Computer and Network Support and Consulting, Emporia Kansas

Ongoing website maintenance performed by Megan Matile

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