Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide

Type: Remote
Art Form: Storytelling
Grade Level: 1-12
Scheduling Request

Imagine you lived in a town in Central Massachusetts and the state suddenly told you that you had to move -- your town would be flooded. That is what happened when Boston and surrounding towns needed more water: a reservoir would be built in the valley that would cover four towns. NY Times Bestselling Author Michael Tougias tells the story of Quabbin Reservoir with slides (before, during, and after the construction). Join him on this amazing journey that combines history, science, politics, and nature.

Note: Available as a virtual author visit for remote learning online.

Length: 45 - 50 minutes + Q & A
Audience Limit: No limit for remote learning
Curriculum Connection: Massachusetts history, storytelling, science, social studies, writing process, nature

Remote Single (Live): $440
2 shows minimum for in person performances:

Back-To-Back Shows: $980
Three Shows In A Row: $1,280
Travel Fee: based upon National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote: School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.



  • 1 reserved parking space
  • Water for 1 person
  • Multimedia projector for Michael to hook his computer (PC) up to
  • Projection screen
  • Large table to display artifacts and books
  • Electrical outlet
  • Extension cord
  • Microphone if over 75 students (if possible)

Performance space: must be spacious enough for the above items to fit at the front of the room with space for artist to walk around during presentation.

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 30 minutes
Time needed between performances: 5 minutes

Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

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