Since the launch of If These Stones Could Talk in 2018, authors Beverly Mills and Sharon Elaine Buck (who prefers to be called Elaine) have become statewide speakers presenting before numerous schools, historical societies, community and civic groups, corporations and other venues where they offer their unique and personal historical perspective on the subject of slavery in New Jersey.
Mills and Buck are also founders of and advisors to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. In this capacity they have partnered with representatives from Grounds For Sculpture, the 1719 William Trent House Museum, 1804 Consultants and the New Jersey Historical Society to host symposiums featuring topics centering around approaches for learning and discussing difficult topics in African American history. Similarly, Mills and Buck hosted a workshop at the 2019 Fall Conference of the New Jersey Council of Social Studies at Rutgers University with Dr. Cynthia Assini, (K-12 Social Studies Supervisor in Hillsborough, New Jersey) where they led a workshop for educators from throughout New Jersey entitled, “Authentic Assessment of African American History.”
In 2019, If These Stones Could Talk received the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Authors Award in the category of popular non-fiction and received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award Reference Category.
Speaking Fees for Schools
1 hr. School assembly PowerPoint presentation: A Proud Heritage: the African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Area: $750.00
Double school assembly with PowerPoint presentation: $1,200.00
Half-day school presentation: $3,000.00*
*Structure of the day and/or hours spent on premises may affect half day fee
Speaking Fees for Community Groups, Historical Societies and Churches
1 hr. to 1½ hr. PowerPoint presentation: A Proud Heritage: the African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Area (minimum 50 attendees): $600.00
1 hr. Book talk on If These Stones Could Talk (minimum 50 attendees): $750.00