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Artist
John Horrigan

Prolific Five-Time Emmy Award-Winning Folklorist has a portfolio of over 200 lectures on Historical Weather, Boston History, New England History, Astronomy, Revolutionary War, Military History, American History, World History, Energy, Food, Agriculture, Social and Economic History, Great Disasters, Shipwrecks, Unexplained Mysteries.

THE PILGRIMS

The Mayflower and The First Thanksgiving
Pequot War
The Courtship of Myles Standish
King Philip's War

AMERICAN HISTORY

Prohibition
Abolitionists
Suffragettes: Stone, Stanton and Anthony
American Unrest: A History of American Riots and Protests
1491: Native America
Custer's Last Stand
Great American Poets
Early American Movie Stars
Early American Radio Programs
Great American Authors of the 19th Century
Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse
Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill
American Gold Rushes
Great Native American Tribes
Great Inventions
The Industrial Age
Cesar Chaves
Native American Democide
American Epidemics and Global Pandemics
The Roaring Twenties
A History of Spirits: Beer, Wine and Whiskey
The Great Depression
The Fifties
1968
A History of World's Fairs
A History of the Circus
The Vice Presidents
P.T. Barnum
The Lavender Scare: Frank Kameny
Early American Roads and Highways
Cattle Trails of the Old West
The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

WORLD HISTORY

History of the Ukraine
History of South Africa
History of Australia
History of Russia
British Kings and Queens
1848: World in Revolt
Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra
The Lust For Fur
History of Cotton, Wool and Silk
Ancient Rome
Ancient Greece
Ancient Egypt
Ancient China
History of Agriculture
History of Space Exploration
History of Electricity
History of Oil
The Day of Two Noons: A History of Timekeeping
History of Energy: Timber, Coal, Oil and Gas
History of Fruits and Vegetables
History of Salt and Pepper
History of Spices
History of Candy, Vanilla and Chocolate
History of Bread and Grain
History of Coffee, Tea and Milk
Sugar, Molasses and Slaves
History of Chicken and Beef
A History of Whaling
A History of Fish and Shellfish Consumption
A History of American Unions and Sweat Shops
History of Weapons and Artillery
The Tallest Buildings
Famous Hotels
The Longest Tunnels and The Highest Bridges
Seven Wonders of the World (Ancient and Modern)
Dinosaurs

MARITIME DISASTERS

Titanic
New England Lighthouse Storm
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
The Portland Gale
The Halifax Explosion
The Wreck of the Royal Tar
The Wreck of the City of Columbus
The Rescue: SS Pendleton
The Whaleship Essex

GREAT FIRES

Great London Fire
Great American Fires of the 17th and 18th Century
Great American Fires of the 19th Century
Great Watertown Fire
Great Brant Rock Fire
Great Fires of Antiquity
Great Fires of New England
The Cocoanut Grove Fire
Great Fires of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
The Great Hartford Circus Fire

GREAT DISASTERS

Hindenburg
Great Plagues
Great Volcanic Eruptions
Great Earthquakes
Ready? Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

EARLY AMERICAN CONFLICTS

The Deerfield Raid
The French and Indian War
The Alamo
Native American Captives: Mary Rowlandson and John Billington
Remember the Maine
Pancho Villa

REVOLUTIONARY WAR

The Boston Massacre
The Powder Alarm
The Boston Tea Party
Paul Revere is Coming !
The Grape Island Alarm
Liberty Ladies of the American Revolution
The Battle of Bunker Hill
Varnum's Continentals: African Americans in the American Revolution
George Washington
Deborah Sampson
The Lost Eclipse Expedition
The Wreck of the General Arnold
Evacuation Day
Benedict Arnold
Yorktown
Saratoga
The Marbleheaders
Alexander Hamilton
Winters of the American Revolution
Colonial American Women in Warfare
New England's Dark Day
Great Shipwrecks of the American Revolution
Great Storms of the American Revolution
Great Fires of the American Revolution
Thomas Jefferson
Shays' Rebellion

WAR OF 1812

The Burning of Washington D.C.
The War of 1812
American Army of Two

CIVIL WAR

The Underground Railroad
Freedom By Any Means: Robert Smalls, ‘Box’ Brown, Ellen Craft
Great Storms of the Civil War
Civil War Military Technology
The Baltimore Plot
Civil War Naval Battles: Ironclads and Blockades
Female Spies of the Civil War
54th Massachusetts Regiment: The Swamp Angels
Gettysburg
Frederick Douglass
The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth
Buffalo Soldiers
Antietam

WORLD WAR ONE

The Christmas Truce
The Angels of Mons
The Great European War
The Battle of Jutland
Gallipoli
Lusitania
Great Fighter Aces: Eddie Rickenbacker and The Red Baron
Weapons of the First World War
Harlem Hellfighters: African Americans in World War I

WORLD WAR TWO

U-Boats off the New England Coast
The Channel Dash
ESCAPE: The Wooden Horse / The Colditz Birdmen
Night of Broken Glass
The Holocaust
The Great Escape
Robinson Crusoes of Wake Island
Pearl Harbor
The Tuskegee Airmen, The 761st Tank Battalion and The U.S.S. Mason
30 Seconds Over Tokyo
D-Day
The Battle of Midway
Agent Tricycle: Dusan Popov
Aerial Encounters: Foo Fighters / Scandanavian Ghost Rockets
The Battle of the Bulge
Japanese Balloon Bombs
Night of a Thousand Bombers
Hide, Dig and Dash (Robinson Crusoes of Wake Island/The Wooden Horse/Channel Dash)
Patton vs. Rommel
The Los Angeles Air Raid
Sink the Bismarck
Incendiaries: The Fire Bombing of Japan and Germany
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of the Pacific
Japanese Holdouts
Unbroken: The Story of Louis Zamperini
The Indianapolis
Nagasaki and Hiroshima

MILITARY HISTORY

Missiles of October
Napoleon
Hannibal
Where Are My Legions?: Battle of the Teutoborg Forest
The Crusades
Alexander the Great
Viet Nam
End Run at Inchon: MacArthur in Korea
Great Battles of Antiquity
Waterloo

AVIATION HISTORY

The Wright Brothers
Dirigibles
Supersonic: The Fastest
She Flies: The First Female Pilots
Early African American Aviators

ENVIRONMENT

Rachel Carson
Ansel Adams
The First Environmentalists: Audubon, Muir and Powell
Atomic Energy
Pollution
Climate Change
A History of Famine
A History of Mining
Alternative Energy

EXPLORATION AND EXPANSION

The History of Space Exploration
Humankind in Space
Amelia Earhart
Lewis and Clark
Von Humboldt and Cook
Hugh Glass: The Revenant
Shackleton
Early World Explorers
Early North American Explorers
The Quest for the South Pole
The Quest for the North Pole
Mount Everest
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Lost Expeditions
Columbus
The Vikings
Daniel Boone

HISTORICAL WEATHER

The Dust Bowl
Great Storms of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
The Year Without a Summer
The Children's Blizzard and the Blizzard of '88
Early American Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Cold Fridays and Hot Saturdays: An American Survey of Extreme Temperatures
Great American Floods and Droughts
Strange Rains and Fish Falls
Dark Days and Bright Nights: Great Fogs, Forest Fires and Auroras
Great Middlesex Tornado of 1851
Worcester Tornado
Great Hurricane of 1938
Historic Storms of Olde New England
Great New England Blizzards
Great New England Floods
Great New England Hurricanes
Great New England Heat Waves and Deep Freezes

BOSTON and NEW ENGLAND HISTORY

Earthquakes of Olde New England
The History of Boston
New England Lighthouses
The Islands of Boston Harbor
The Tallest, Longest and Highest in Massachusetts
Great Northeast Blackout
The History of Dedham
The Boston Molasses Flood
Harvard Food Riots
Norumbega: Vikings in Massachusetts
The Quabbin Reservoir

INVENTIONS and INVENTORS

Edison vs. Tesla
Henry Ford
Alexander Graham Bell
Great American Inventors
African American Inventors and Scientists
The First Internet: The Telegraph
History of the Railroad

HISTORICAL CRIME

Sacco and Vanzetti
Ahoy Pirates!
Gangsters of the Prohibition
Jesse James
Bonnie and Clyde
Great Art Heists
Great Bank Robberies
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Gunfight at the OK Corral
Gunfighters of the Old West
Boston Strangler
Jack The Ripper
Lizzy Borden
Mad Gasser of Mattoon
The Brinks Job
Spring-heeled Jack

BIOGRAPHY

When the Rain Set In: Marylin Monroe
Howard Hughes
Houdini
Edgar Allan Poe
William Shakespeare
W.E.B. DuBose
Abraham Lincoln
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King
Rosa Parks
Pitcher, Ross, Barton and Anthony: Great American Heroines
Joan of Arc
Cesar Chaves and Mother Jones

ART HISTORY

Great Artists: Monet, Rembrandt, van Gogh and Picasso
Michelangelo vs. Leonardo

MUSIC HISTORY

The Day the Music Died
Glenn Miller is Missing
A Bing Crosby Christmas
A Rat Pack Christmas
Sinatra
Favorite Christmas Caroles
The Great Composers
Beethoven
Bach
Franz Liszt: The First Rock Star
Aaron Copeland
Gunther Schuller
Early American Composers
The Big Bands
Great Jazz Composers
Jimi, Janis, Jim and Brian
Early American Blues
The Early Beatles
Woodstock
The British Music Invasion
The Crooners
Elvis
The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

HISTORICAL ASTRONOMY

Backyard Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Constellations, Satellites and the Moon (evening/outdoor program)
The Night the Stars Fell
Lights on the Moon and Trans Lunar Phenomena
Martian Canals (1877) and the Great Moon Hoax (1835)
Great Eclipses
Great Comets Over New England
Great Solar Flare of 1859
Great Meteor Showers
Earth Under Siege: Earth-Approaching Asteroids and Doomsday Comets
Great Astronomers: Galileo, Kepler and Copernicus
Search For Extra Terrestrial Intelligence
The Tunguska Incident
The Star of Bethlehem

IRISH HISTORY

The Broad Street Riot and the Ursuline Convent Fire
Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Easter Rebellion
The Great Famine
The Wreck of the Saint John
Boston Irish Riots
Michael Collins
Yeats and Joyce

HISTORICAL ECONOMICS

Booms, Bubbles, Busts, Panics, Depressions and Recessions: A History of American Financial Crises
Magnates and Industrialists of the 19th Century

GREAT HOAXES

Cottingley Fairies
Ponzi Schemes
Cardiff Giant
I Buried Paul - Paul McCartney Death Hoax
War of the Worlds
Hoax Transmissions: Max Headroom, Captain Midnight and the Ashtar Command
Mississippi Land Scheme Bubble
Failed Prophecy and the Day the World Didn't End
M.I.T. Pranks

SPORTS HISTORY

Jackie Robinson
1972 Summit Series
The Greatest Losers
Early Football: Thorpe, Grange & Rockne
The Game: Harvard/Yale Rivalry
History of the Boston Braves
History of the Boston Red Sox
History of the Boston Bruins
History of the Boston Celtics
History of the New England Patriots
The Golden Age of Boxing
A History of the Summer Olympics
A History of the Winter Olympics
Ted Williams
Babe Ruth
The Impossible Dream
The Cincinnati Red Stockings
The Great Roxbury Fire of 1894 and the South End Grounds
Early American Baseball
Baseball in 1941

UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES

Haunted
Abominable Snowman
The Money Pit: Oak Island
The Toynbee Tiles
Edgar Cayce
The Bermuda Triangle
D.B. Cooper
History of Halloween
Nostradamus
Devil of Devonshire
Witches
Bridgewater Triangle
Bay State Phantoms
Black Helicopters and Men in Black
Bigfoot
Abduction: Betty and Barney Hill
Alien Abductions
Cattle Mutilation
Crop Circles
The Gulf Breeze Sightings
Roswell
Mystery Air Ship of 1897
Loch Ness Monster
Strange Creatures: Mothman, New Jersey Devil, Lizard Man, Chupacabras, Hopkinsville Goblins, Flatwoods Monster
Mothman
Apollo and Space Shuttle UFO Encounters
USO: Shag Harbour Incident
Kecksburg Incident
Phantom Armies
Area 51
Sea Monsters and Lake Monsters
The Gloucester Sea Serpent
Ambush At Ape Canyon
Great New England Ghost Stories
Spook Lights
UFO Encounters: 1896 - 1980
The World's Greatest Ghost Photographs and Videos
The World's Greatest UFO Photographs and Videos
The Bridgewater Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle

RELIGIOUS PHENOMENA and SACRED MYSTERIES

Marian Apparitions: Garabandal
Marian Apparitions: Lourdes
Marian Apparitions: Fatima
Blessed Virgin Mary Apparitions
Padre Pio and Mother Teresa
Stigmata and Incorruptible Bodies
Miracles
Relics
Angels
Martyrs, Prophets and Saints
A History of the Papacy
Biblical Archaeology
Stigmata
Ark of the Covenant
Near-Death Experiences
Reincarnation
Weeping and Bleeding Religious Icons
Shroud of Turin
Noah's Ark
The Holy Lance

Additional Links: 
John Horrigan receives a Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Performer / Narrator". He was also nominated for “Writer Program" and "Historical/Cultural Feature/Segment".
John Horrigan receives a Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Writer Program". He was also nominated for best “Performer / Narrator" and "Historical/Cultural Feature/Segment".
John Horrigan receives a Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Outstanding Historical/Cultural Program". He was also nominated for best “Program – Host/Moderator" and "Writer (Program)".
John Horrigan receives a Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best “Program – Host / Moderator”. He was also nominated for best "Writer (Program)" and "Historical/Cultural Program"
"The Folklorist" wins its first Boston/New England Emmy® Award (and had two nominations) for best “Promotion Program – Single Spot" in 2012.
All of the historical segments on the Emmy Award-winning show.
John Horrigan passionately reads the Declaration of Independence to the town of Lincoln, Massachusetts and is saluted with a raucous musket presentation of arms on July 4th, 2009. Very moving....
Listen to John's amazing call of the 3rd Period of the Gazprom (Russia) / AspenTech (USA) hockey game on December 2nd, 2007 at Bedford, Massachusetts. Gazprom, the world's largest natural gas exporter is led by Alexander Medvedev. John had the flu.
John recorded this segment in less than 45 minutes at Castle Island in Boston Harbor!
John reads a tribute to fallen British Soldiers during the American Revolutionary War

I Have Worked With

  • State: MA
    Date: 7/2007
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: hliu55@yahoo.com
    Phone: 617-312-7555

  • State: MA
    Date: 10/2007
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: GDennett@minlib.net
    Phone: 781-455-7559

  • State: MA
    Date: 10/2007
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: thosma@gmail.com
    Phone: 781-646-1242

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Contact Information

First Name: 
John
Job Title/Position: 
Five-Time Emmy Award-Winning Historian and Master of Ceremonies
Mailing Address: 
contact johnhorrigan@hotmail.com
Waltham, MA 02453
Physical Address: 
Waltham, MA 02453
Last Name: 
Horrigan
Phone: 
johnhorrigan@hotmail.com

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Science
Literature - Spoken Word
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1993
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Preservation / Conservation
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Residency - Community
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
150
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Economic History Society
Economic History Association
Historical Society of Watertown
National Museum of African American History and Culture (charter member)
Waltham Historical Society
The Society in Dedham for the Apprehension of Horse Thieves
Ancient Order of Hibernians - Division 14
Lincoln Minutemen
National Maritime Historical Society
SoloTogether
National Association of Public Address Announcers
Society of American Baseball Research
Project Management Institute
Product Development Management Association
Wildlife Conservation Society
National Wildlife Federation
Boston Bruins Foundation
Sierra Club
Nature Conservancy
Celebrities For Charity
Planetary Society
National Audubon Society
Friends of Boston Harbor Islands
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
ASPCA/MSPCA
Ocean Conservancy
Environmental Defense Fund
American Rivers
Smithsonian Institution
Awards: 
* 2015 Boston/New England Emmy® Award Winner for "Performer Narrator" for television show "The Folklorist"
* 2015 Boston/New England Emmy® Award Winner for "Writer Program" for television show "The Folklorist"
* 2014 Boston/New England Emmy® Award Winner for "Outstanding Historical Cultural Special Program" for television show "The Folklorist".
* 2013 Boston/New England Emmy® Award Winner for "Host Moderator" for television show "The Folklorist".
* 2012 Boston/New England Emmy® Award Winner for "Promotion Program Single Spot" for television show "The Folklorist".
* 2016 Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Director Post Production" won by producers for TV program that John co-created, hosts and writes entitled "The Folklorist"
* 2016 Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Photography Short Form" won by producers for TV program that John co-created, hosts and writes entitled "The Folklorist"
* 2015 Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Director Post Production" won by producers for TV program that John co-created, hosts and writes entitled "The Folklorist"
* 2015 Boston/New England Emmy® Award for best "Editor Program" won by producers for TV program that John co-created, hosts and writes entitled "The Folklorist"
* Three-time 2017 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for Historical Cultural Program Special, Program Host Moderator and Performer Narrator
* Five-time 2016 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for Historic Cultural Feature Segment, Historical Cultural Program Special, Program Host Moderator, Performer Narrator and Writer Program.
* Four-time 2015 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for "The Folklorist" for Performer Narrator, Historical Cultural Feature Segment, Writer Program, and Host Moderator.
* Three-time 2014 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for TV show "The Folklorist" for Program Host Moderator, Writer Program and Historical Cultural Program.
* Three-time 2013 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for TV show "The Folklorist" for Program Host Moderator, Writer Program, and Historical Cultural Program.
* Two-time 2012 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for TV show "The Folklorist" for Promotion Program Single Spot.
* 2016 Gold Communicator Award of Excellence for Film/Video - Entertainment for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2015 Gold Communicator Award of Excellence for Film/Video - History/Biography for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2014 Gold Communicator Award of Excellence for Film/Video - History/Biography for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2017 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for Film/Video - History/Biography for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2016 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for Film/Video - History/Biography for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2015 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for Film/Video - Cultural for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2014 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for Film/Video - Copywriting for television program "The Folkorist".
* 2016 Telly Awards (Two Silver Awards) for TV show "The Folklorist": "Television Program - Entertainment" and the 'People's Choice' award for TV Programs/Segments.
* 2015 Telly Awards (Two Silver Awards) for TV show "The Folklorist": 'Cultural' award and the 'People's Choice' award for TV Programs/Segments.
* 2017 Telly Award (Bronze Award) for TV show "The Folklorist": 'Historical Program' award for TV Programs/Segments
* 2016 Telly Awards (Bronze Award) for TV show "The Folklorist": "Television Program - History/Biography"
* 2015 Telly Awards (Bronze Award) for TV show "The Folklorist": 'Copywriting' award for TV Programs/Segments
* 2014 Telly Awards (Three Bronze Awards) for TV show "The Folklorist": 'Cultural Program', 'Copywriting' and the 'People's Choice' award for TV Programs/Segments
* 2013 Telly Awards (Three Bronze Awards) for TV show "The Folklorist": 'Writing', 'Miscellaneous' and the 'People's Choice' Award for TV Programs/Segments.
* First Place (2017) - National - Alliance of Community Media: NewTV (production studio for "The Folklorist") national First Place recipient of the Hometown Media Award for Overall Excellence in Public Education or Government Access.
* First Place (2016) - National - Alliance of Community Media for best Entertainment & Arts - Series for "The Folklorist".
* First Place (2015) - National - Alliance of Community Media for best Entertainment & Arts - Series for "The Folklorist".
* First Place (2015) - National - Alliance of Community Media: NewTV (production studio for "The Folklorist") national First Place recipient of the Hometown Media Award for Overall Excellence in Public Education or Government Access.
* Third Place (2014) - New England - Alliance of Community Media: Arts and Theater (including Comedy and Drama) for "The Folklorist".
* First Place (2014) - National - Alliance of Community Media: NewTV (production studio for "The Folklorist") national First Place recipient of the Hometown Media Award for Overall Excellence in Public Education or Government Access.
* First Place (2013) - New England - Alliance of Community Media: Arts and Theater (including Comedy and Drama) for "The Folklorist".
* 'Best Documentary' at the 2015 Winter Macabre Faire Film Festival for a film that John narrated entitled "The Bridgewater Triangle". See: http://www.bridgewatertriangle.com
* 'Best Local Film' at the 2015 Granite State Film Festival for a film that John narrated entitled "The Bridgewater Triangle". See: http://www.bridgewatertriangle.com
* 'Audience Award' at the 2014 Terror Con convention in Rhode Island for a film that John narrated entitled "The Bridgewater Triangle". See: http://www.bridgewatertriangle.com
* Helping Hand Award (2013) Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
* The Community Spirit Award (2009) from the Watertown Historical Commission.
* Honorable Mention for 'Best Documentary Feature' at the 2014 SENE Film Festival for a film that John narrated entitled "The Bridgewater Triangle". See: http://www.bridgewatertriangle.com
* ACE Award nominee (1991) for Best Comedy ("The Gene Pool").
* 2018 Boston/New England Emmy® Award nominee for for Historical Cultural Program, Writer

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Can perform in any auditorium, gymnasium, classroom, meeting room or theater with electrical power. Travels with own public address system, projector, screen and laptop. Uses Powerpoint for slide shows. Can perform outdoors. Plays "walk in" music.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Media
Ages Served: 
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500