Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 60 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: Unlimited

Setup Time: 20 minutes

Breakdown Time: Minimal

Technical Requirements: Stage, tables, electrical outlet, varies with program

SOL Connections

History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.11, 3.11, USI.5, USI.6, USI.7, USI.8, USI.9, USI.10, USII.3, VS.4, VS.5, VS.6, VS.7, VS.8, VS.9

English: K.1, K.2, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $275 - $475 plus travel


.45 per mile from Alexandria, VA

Little Maids of History

Historical Interpretation through Hysterical Improvisation



Program Type

Community Festivals, Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Workshops

Subject Areas

Culture Studies, Folktales, Geography, Poetry, Theatre Arts, US History, Virginia History

Bonnie Fairbanks is a former teacher and living history performer who depicts historical personages (authentic or hypothetical): a plantation mistress engaging in the tea ceremony, an indentured servant, a colonial dance mistress, a colonial tavern wench, a pioneer woman, a Civil War heroine, a Victorian apothecary, a suffragette, a 1920's doll, a 1945 canteen entertainer -- and many more. Characters in her repertoire include: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Margaret B. Smith, Anne Ramsey, Sarah Wentworth, Lucy Carter, Anna Thornton, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Alva Vanderbuilt Belmont. Programs cover a specific time period and can be tailored to meet the needs of the curriculum.

Colonial Women (K-8) social customs, dress, deportment, ways of life for all classes, schooling, medicine, dancing and foodways.

Pioneers (K-8) means of travel, the Industrial Revolution, food preservation, classes of society, the roles of women and self-reliance, clothing.

Suffrage (K-8) abolitionist and temperance movements, 13-15th amendments to the US Constitution, women's right to vote in 1920, 19th amendment to the US Constitution.