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2019 PRESENTATIONS & CLASSES

When Cattle Was King

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 Two hour class on the history of cattle ranching in Florida. Before the Civil War, King Cotton ruled the South, but not in Florida. Learn about Florida's cowboy history then and now. Locals will appreciate the period when Florida's cattle kingdom centered around Punta Gorda and the Peace River. Hundreds of documents and historical photos.


The Pre-History of Charlotte Harbor Part I

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Two hour course that covers the Paleo-Indians and Archaic communities in Charlotte County 13,000 to 1000 B.C.. Find out how Florida's people lived before the seas rose and before the end of the last Ice Age. I will cover all the known early sites in our area and discuss what the archaeological record reveals.

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The Pre-History of Charlotte Harbor Part II

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 Two hour course covers the arrival of Woodland period Indians to Charlotte County. The Calusa came as emigrants from Lousiana around 800 B.C.. They brought unique beliefs and ways, as well as superior engineering skills. Over the next 25 Centuries they built one of the most remarkable cultures in all of " world prehistory". I will present the data and artifacts that prove that the Calusa were exceptional in every aspect of their culture.


Florida's Gray Gold

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  This course is a survey of the history of phosphate mining in the Deep South 1868 -2018.  Based on his forthcoming book by the same title, Ehmann emphasizes the role Florida's Bone Valley played and continues to play in mining phosphate for fertilizing fields around the world. Using a wealth of historic photos and documents, you will see the role railroads and ports played, the life of miners and even the many mining ghost towns that remain in central Florida.

The People of the Great Circle, Prehistoric mound builders in south florida

A Fresh Look at a Remarkable Culture

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Historian and author Ted Ehmann revisits the Calusa people of south Florida applying a whole new group of models to understand and view the most significant hunter-gathering society in world pre-history. 

New Course: Stealing the White House

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The day that Donald Trump moved into the White House. critics stated there was chaos. This came after accusations that he stole the election. A lover of mythology, Ehmann uses the top authorities on the subject to focus on the characteristics of mythology's most outrageous and misunderstood figure, the Trickster. Clown, Vulgarian, Liar and Thief, Ehmann will demonstrate the 45th President as the reincarnation of mythology's most beguiling figure. Fasten your seat belts.

NEW FOR 2020

A Prison of Our Own Making

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In pursuit of greater knowledge, Ienrolled in a multi-year program in Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP). Created as a technology, NLP combined ground-breaking research in neuroscience, psychology, physiology and behavior. Included in his study was the work of clinical psychologist Robert Dilts on beliefs and belief systems. Since integrating his knowledge of belief systems into social change modalities for himself and others, he has discovered how all humans from childhood on through life create beliefs and entire belief systems that severely limit their actions and potential. These self-imprisoning are natural to our species and unavoidable.

Because, beliefs reside in the human subconscious, they ae very difficult to locate and to alter. In the 1990s, using his knowledge of belief systems, as well as applied neuro-science, Ehmann was able to take adults who believed they had no talent for art, and alter those beliefs, teach skills and have every adult successfully produce mature and skilled works of art.

This course is for anyone who wishes to discover their full potential, regardless of their stage in life and limiting beliefs about who they are and what is possible.

WELLS, The life and Times of Wells Moses Sawyer

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The incredible and inspiring life story of Wells Moses Sawyer. Sawyers known for his role in the 1895-1896 Pepper-Hearst Expedition of the mounds in Florida, Ehmann who is writing Wells’ biography tells the rest of his story from his simple beginnings in the Missouri Territories during the Civil War to his launching a career as an artist and anthropologist in Washington D.C.. Wells and his family were constantly on the move including their living and working in Spain and Mexico. Wells and his talented artist daughter Helen settled in Sarasota, Florida in 1944 an are credited with founding the Sarasota art colony and movement. Ehmann shares the important events in U.S. and world history that were the background for Wells long and productive life. His story will inspire not only the artist, but the dreamer in all of us.

The forthcoming biography uses many of Wells' letters and excavation notes and drawings. The presentation is visually rich with never-before seen photographs and paintings in private collections.

The Rivers Speak

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Twelve very different Florida rivers tell their stories. From their beginnings to their present-day crisis, this is an intimate look of the role these rivers have played in the lives of the human and non-human communities that relied on them for their existence.

This is a visually beautiful presentation of Florida's rivers that connect all life here and have for generations.  Many rivers today are under assault. Some environmentalist are trying to grant rights to rivers as living entities. You will discover why.

COMING IN 2021

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In time for the Charlotte County centennial, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, A History of Charlotte County

Several years in the making, this presentation is a synopsis of a complete historical narrative of the people, events and views that came to form Charlotte County, Florida.  Compared with previous attempts at a comprehensive history of the area, newly available archives, records and accounts have resulted in a very different story of where we came from and where we are going. Charlotte County has been a classic example of history repeating itself. I show how predominant cultural traits can be sourced during the earliest days of taming the wilderness and selling off parcels of "paradise" to willing northerners. Land first sold for 25 cents an acre. Recently some sold for $80. a sq.foot.

December 11,2019

Bishop Museum Planetarium, Bradenton

I will be presenting my new book, The People of the Great Circle at the museum's December 2019 "Think and Drink" bishopscience.org/events At The Bishop. Our monthly think + drink (science) program transforms the Bishop Planetarium into a theater of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting that offers plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Join me for a very special evening at the Bishop Museum. Copies of my book will be available.

January 10, 2020

A Very Special Evening Honoring Three Great Florida Women

2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the ratifying of the 19th Amendment. Though Florida never ratified the women's right to vote, I will be celebrating women by honoring in words and images three extraordinary great Florida women.


Beginning with the legendary Seminole leader and hero, Aunt Polly Parker, the Cape Haze's shark lady, marine scientist Eugenie Clark and finally the great literary figure and writer Nora Zeal Hurston. All three of these women chartered new ground for women and changed the perception of the role of women in the United States forever.


The evening is being sponsored by the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society and Historical Center Society. 7pm at the Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 

Visit their website: www.ccflhs.org

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April 19, 2020

Wells, The Life and Times of Artist/Anthropologist Wells Moses Sawyer

 Charlotte County historian and author Ted Ehmann will share the incredible and inspiring life story of Wells Moses Sawyer. Sawyers known for his role in the 1895-1896 Pepper-Hearst Expedition of the mounds in Florida, Ehmann who is writing Wells’ biography tells the rest of his story from his simple beginnings in the Missouri Territories during the Civil War to his launching a career as an artist and anthropologist in Washington D.C.. Wells and his family were constantly on the move including their living and working in Spain and Mexico. Wells and his talented artist daughter Helen settled in Sarasota, Florida in 1940s and are credited with founding the Sarasota art colony and movement. Ehmann shares the important events in U.S. and world history that were the background for Wells long and productive life. His story will inspire not only the artist, but the dreamer in all of us.


Historical Society of Sarasota County, 2 pm - 4 pm, Crocker Church

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