Profile Type: Artist
Author Speaker Alison O'Leary

Author/Speaker Alison O'Leary offers multimedia programs on history and exploring the outdoors based on her published work.

So Close to Home: The True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During WWII examines a little-known period in 1942 when German submarines were sinking ships on the East Coast with impunity, including one carrying a family with young children. O'Leary's multimedia program is adaptable to audiences of all ages, from school children to senior citizens. She uses vintage images from the period to describe the background of the U.S. involvement in the war, the characters involved on both sides, and the authors' research, including finding German submarine captains' war diaries.

Hidden Gems of New England -- sit back and enjoy this travelogue of history, hiking, hospitality, and humor -- or take notes and plan your next weekend trip! Using stunning scenic images, the author weaves together curious and serious history with tips about cozy inns, swimming holes, and exploration of New Hampshire, Vermont, and the Berkshires. Enjoy images of iconic white steeple-churches, remote rivers, high country hikes, and historical figures.

Best Day Hikes Near Boston is an opportunity to tailor a day or weekend of hiking around historic sites, your group's abilities, or desired vistas and wildlife habitats. Culled from 60 hikes in the co-authored Appalachian Mountain Club guide published in 2017, the author uses breathtaking images of landscapes, wildlife, and exploration to excite and motivate her audiences to explore in their own backyards.

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Job Title/Position: 
Author / Speaker
Physical Address: 
Plymouth, MA 02360
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Emerson College, B.A.
2017 Charlie Award for History Writing, Florida Magazine Association
2007 Parenting Publications of America Silver Award for Family Travel Writing
2004-2007 numerous Parenting Publications of America awards for writing and editing (The Boston Parents' Paper)