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Making History Come Alive!

“History doesn’t repeat itself,

but it does rhyme.” 

Mark Twain

“The further backward in history you look, the further forward you can see.”

Sir Winston Churchill

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July 4th, 2016 – Rock Ledge Ranch annual July 4th Celebration. Been going for 7 years – (left to right) T. Roosevelt, G. Washington, W. J. Palmer,  Katheryn Lee Bates. A. Lincoln.


“Bigfoot” entered the Garden of Gods Visitors Center recently and scared tourists and staff alike. Fortunately, I was getting ready to do program for tourists on Mountain Man Jeremiah Johnson. I rushed to the scene and after scary confrontation chased him off. What a day that was!!

Below: Flag Day, June 14th, 2016 at Mt. Genevese, Denver Mountain Parks System. DAR and SAR celebrate the 100th Flag Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th to be Flag Day in 1916. June 14th, 1777 was day that Continental Congress approved the Flag as official Flag of the newly formed United States. June 14th also day in 1775 that Congress officially established the Continental Army as fighting force for independence – birth of U. S. Army.                                            Picture is of Sons of American Revolution Color Guard (part of) with General Washington at ceremony in Denver.

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Above and photo below: At July 4th Celebration at Rock Ledge Ranch.

Immediately below: Photos taken at February Meeting of Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club. Wonderful organization – a great time and such a good audience. Special thanks and great appreciation to President  Susan Puryear, and Program Chairs Karen Thomas and IsaBelle Rowsey.

More pictures of this visit go to “Recent presentations on George Washington” on side bar to the right.

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Below: Appear and speak annually at Denver Flag Day in June ceremony sponsored by Denver City Parks. Appear with honor guard and riflemen from Colorado Springs Chapter of Sons of American Revolution (SAR) counterpoint to DAR)

 Making History Come Alive reenactor Dave Wallace, appearing as George Washington, dances the minuet with Maddy Johnson, 10, during a presentation to two fifth grade classes at the Evangelical Christian Academy Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
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ABOVE: As a satirical nod to the (false) legend about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) offered attendees cherry pie Feb. 13 during Dave Wallace‘s Washington portrayal at the OCC History Center. Above, Marilyn Lee was among the OCCHS volunteers serving out the “historical” dessert.
TOP: Dave Wallace (as George Washington) shows Alexis Allen an 18th- century dance during his presentation/reenactment at the History Center. Dancing was a pleasure for the nation’s first president. The uniform is in keeping with what Washington wore as the Continental Army’s general in the Revolutionary War. According to Wallace, a Colorado Springs resident who taught in local schools for 40 years, Washington had designed it himself in a European style, but with colors representative of the new republic and the militia of Virginia, his home state. The center has also scheduled historically geared events in March, April and May

Life and Times of George Washington

 Presented by Palmer Lake Historical Society at Palmer Lake Town Hall    October 15, 2015

The Palmer Lake Historical Society invites the public to a presentation by Dave Wallace on George Washington, the Father of our Country.  Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first President of the United States.  He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution.  During his presidency, many precedents were established, including the cabinet system, the inaugural address, and the title “Mr. President.”  Dave Wallace is a former Colorado Springs teacher.  Wallace taught for over 40 years and travelled extensively.  His passion is bringing historical figures to life for folks of all ages.  For his program, Wallace will appear in period costume and provide a stirring portrayal of George Washington – the man and the legend.

Regarding presentations – go to tab #3 on the right “How to set up a presentation.”
If you are interested in seeing about setting up a presentation for your group be it a school or church or whatever, go to the tab (#3)  on the right about setting up a presentation.  Look over the web site and you can see pictures of previous presentations to get an idea of what I do in a presentation and the characters I protray.
If you look at the variety of groups I have presented for and especially the pictures I have included, you can see that my appearances have been met with positive, enthusiastic responses.
Thank you for coming to my web site.
  Below: At Fall event for Patriots Day, October 2014, in Morrison Colorado.
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To look at a u tube video of the 2013 Veterans Day Parade in Colorado Springs go to:

To look at the 2015 preview of the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade go to:


To see 3 and 1/2 minute video   of my visit as General Washington to ECA elementary school on Feb. 17th (Presidents Day), 2014 – please click on:

Collection of pictures below: Photos of Patriots Day Fall event in Morrison Colorado, October 2014

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  On page 5 of my site is a list of the 22 topics I will do for George Washington presentations. Just added a new one – “George Washington and how he celebrated ‘Christmas and some of the significant Christmas events in his life”

                   Having just done a lot of research on the above topic, I am excited to do presentations on this new topic about George Washington. Hope that it is of interest

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Please note: I am no longer doing presentations for no fee –  I can no longer give of my preparation time, travel expense, cost of cleaning uniforms and effort and input to do a presentation for no fee.  This applies to all schools, church groups, civic clubs (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc) and private parties. If you can’t put forward some kind of payment for presentations then don’t pursue the process any further.
 Below:Appeared November, 2012 at opening ceremony of new Colorado History Museum in Denver. Did 3 presentations to audiences as Jedediah Smith, Mountain Man.
Below: At the annual July 4th Celebration at the Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs.
Appear every year at Rock Ledge Ranch along with members of the Sons of the American Revolution – set up a
American Continental Army camp and talk to, have pictures taken with visitors to celebrate the 4th of July. Every years a reenactor
who does President Lincoln and I also do a short talk/speech 10 minutes each about American and the 4th at the main program at noon.
Right Below:  At the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs – Nov., 2012.
Other pictures include presentations Mountain Man at local school,  as General George
Washington (speaking at First Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs in Feb., 2013
for Presidents Day), and Lt. Zebulon Pike at local school.
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 While my primary focus is on General George Washington
and the American Revolution, there are a number of other
historical figures I do presentations on for groups.  Please
check the sidebar on the right for directary to other
historical figures. At the present I am centering my
presentations on General George Washington, Mountain
Man Jedediah Smith and Lt. Zebulon Pike.
General George Washington at group presentation
  Below: Speaking to elementary school assembly, Dec. 2011 – as Civil War Union soldier


 The American
Revolution and
General Washington having the newly written and passed in the Continental Congress, the Declaration of Independence to his troops.  To inspire, to educate to let them know that they are now fighting literally for their independence. 
 There is much of the American Revolution ahead from the passage of the Declaration of Indepedence in 1776. Five more years of hard, frustrating, agonizing, bloody years of suffering lie ahead.
General Washington prepares his soldiers to march on Trenton after crossing Delaware. Come back in history and see what wonderful people and stories there are.
 Colorado Patriot Guard Riders!
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As Jedediah Smith, famous Mountain Man who explored much of Colorado, speaking to grade school students.

  Welcome to “Making History Come Alive.”
Below: General Washington at parade in   Lewisburg, Colorado for Labor Day.

For complete information about my appearances please click on the second option on the menu above “What is History Comes Alive? 
How to get in touch with me”  – to initially discuss an appearance and to inquire as to my availability and begin the process of having me appear for your group:  Go to page “How to set up a presentation/visit.”
 Both pictures Below: July 4th, 2011 at Rock Ledge Ranch, Colo. Sprs
Below: Flag Day, June 14, 2011 in Denver for celebration with DAR.
 Below: With students after my presentation as General Washington.



 Abigail Adams and General George Washington
Above and below: At the annual Independence Day, July 4th celebration at the Rock Ledge Rance, Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
 Below: at the annual Flag Day Ceremony in Denver.
June 14 –  Flag Day
 Mountain Man – Jedediah Smith
  Below: at Downtown Lions Club in Denver – President George Washington was the speaker.
  Below: After speaking at Pioneer Canyon Elementary

  Above two pictures and here and below – visits to schools as Gen. George Washington

General George Washington dancing the Minuet with TCA student “Martha Washington”

Below top: After speaking to grade school class.

Below: High school student poses with medieval knight helmet; next to her a grade school student tries on Gen. Washington uniform