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Classics From Page to Screen: Adapting Literature Into t...

The majority of the Disney films and television programs were inspired by books.  Of course, when being adapted for the screen, there are many changes necessary.  Critics sometimes complain about the Disney version eclipsing the original literature.  The changes are often due to different storytelling media.  This presentation will survey the surprising range of books that were transformed by […]

The Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland: How Disne...

Frontierland was a favorite part of Disneyland for Walt and many of the visitors.  A big part of this section in the 1950s through the 1970s was the seven-acre area called Nature’s Wonderland.  Many visitors rode a train through forests, deserts, and into the spectacular multicolored waterfalls of Rainbow Caverns.  The development of this area and what it […]

Nancy Drew: The Story Behind America’s Favorite Tee...

Chances are you’ve read some or “all” of the Nancy Drew books available when you were a child. In nearly 90 years she has both entertained and inspired generations through her independence and inquisitiveness. Modern mystery books often have Nancy Drew references. Women leaders have repeatedly named her as an inspiration for their career choices. […]

How Tom Swift Invented Everything

Tom Swift

Tom Swift was the popular young inventor character created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1910.  There were actually five series with characters named Tom Swift through 2007.  Whatever Tom was working on was just what was needed for the next adventure.  Interestingly, most of the inventions and vehicles in the stories have parallels which were proposed or created […]

Classics From Page to Screen: Adapting Literature Into t...

The majority of the Disney films and television programs were inspired by books.  Of course, when being adapted for the screen, there are many changes necessary.  Critics sometimes complain about the Disney version eclipsing the original literature.  The changes are often due to different storytelling media.  This presentation will survey the surprising range of books that were transformed by […]

The Early History of Disneyland as Seen on the Pages of t...

Walt Disney opened the doors to his famous theme park in July 1955. From the beginning, guests could purchase copies of the monthly newspaper for the park called the Disneyland News. Notably, its articles include details that are absent from many historical retrospectives. Join us for a truly captivating lecture which will highlight the people […]

Nancy Drew: The Story Behind America’s Favorite Tee...

Chances are you’ve read some or “all” of the Nancy Drew books available when you were a child. In nearly 90 years she has both entertained and inspired generations through her independence and inquisitiveness. Modern mystery books often have Nancy Drew references. Women leaders have repeatedly named her as an inspiration for their career choices. […]

Stratemeyer Syndicate 101: Where Did All of Those Books C...

Do you remember reading popular books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins?  These were all products of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager founded by Edward Stratemeyer in 1905.  Through some ingenious methods, they produced some 1,400 volumes between 1905 and 1985 in both famous and obscure series. They […]

Two presentations in San Diego, June 2018

James D. Keeline will give two presentations as part of the Oasis Lifelong Learning program in June 2018.  These are held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.  Details will be found on the individual event pages.  This includes the nominal fee ($12 per class) and a link to register on the Oasis website. Stratemeyer Syndicate […]

Come Hear James in Maplewood, NJ: June 2015

Thurs. June 11 – Sun. June 14, 2015 The Nancy Drew Sleuths are putting on three “Mini-Cons” this year and James D. Keeline is the invited speaker on the history of Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate. We will be celebrating Nancy Drew’s 85th anniversary and the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s 110th Anniversary. ITINERARY: Thurs. June 11 – […]