Saturday, March 5, 2016

John L. Moore, Storyteller


John L. Moore as Susquehanna Jack 
 “The Storyteller of Frontier Pennsylvania” 
Storyteller John L. Moore uses dramatic techniques and audience participation to convey true stories about real people who lived on Pennsylvania’s frontier during the 18th century. These people include Mary Jemison, Moses Van Campen, Frances Slocum, and Colonel James Burd.  
Dressed as a frontiersman, Moore brings people of the frontier to life by telling their stories with suspense, horror, humor and colorful anecdotes. He adds to the effect by employing such props as tomahawks, knives, antique axes and cowbells. 
Moore often introduces himself as Susquehanna Jack, a retired Indian fighter and frontier ruffian who wanders from tavern to tavern in search of audiences for his stories about Pennsylvania life during the Indian wars. These include the French & Indian War and the American Revolutionary War.
Based in Northumberland, the storyteller is also an author and freelance writer. Sunbury Press Inc. recently published the eight books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series, which are all available on Amazon.com. The most recent one is "Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks." He also writes and self-syndicates a monthly newspaper column devoted to Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania history.
Moore has performed for chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, church groups, historical and genealogical societies, campers at state parks, and heritage festivals. 
In 2015, Moore presented storytelling programs at: 
  •          Fort Roberdeau, Altoona
  •          Frances Slocum State Park, Shavertown
  •          Fort Halifax Park, Halifax
  •          Summer history camp at the Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland  
  •          Gutelius House Museum, Mifflinburg
  •          Mahanoy & Mahantongo Historical & Preservation Society, Dalmatia  
  •          Northumberland County Historical Society, Sunbury
  •          Selinsgrove Intermediate School, Selinsgrove
  •          Danville Heritage Festival, Danville 
  •          Maria Joseph Manor, Danville
  •          The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, Kelly Crossroads
  •           Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Sunbury
  •          The State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg 
 
For the past two summers,  Moore has conducted a series of history tours along the Susquehanna River on pontoon boats operated by Lake Augusta Outfitters at Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury. 

Cruising along the historic Susquehanna in Summer 2016

Additional information is available online at: http://johnleonmoore.blogspot.com/ 
  
For information about rates, availability & story topics, please contact:

John L. Moore, Storyteller
552 Queen Street
Northumberland PA 17857

EmaiI: tomahawks1756@gmail.com 
Telephone: 570-473-9803