Jim Gibbons, a Marengo resident and historical presenter, has made a name for himself teaching the importance of history. Using his passion for and strong knowledge of history, Jim offers over 120 riveting presentations topics such as: the 1958 tragedy of the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire, the 1963 Kennedy Assassination, the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, The Life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Lincoln Assassination, Pearl Harbor, the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster, Alexander Hamilton, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Princess Diana, Dwight D. Eisenhower, World War I& World War II, The Decades Series, The Chicago Neighborhoods Series, and many, many more.
Jim’s presentations have brought in audiences of over 400 both in-person and virtually. Many audience members repeatedly attend his programs through libraries, park districts, retirement communities, private venues, schools, and colleges in Illinois and nationwide. Virtually, audience members have attended from all over the United States and England. Jim was also featured in The Northwest Herald, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times newspapers as well as radio broadcasts, such as The Front Porch (Marengo Community Radio WXMR 94.3 FM), RFD Radio Network, World of Mouth Radio, and The Dolly McCarthy Show.
Jim has been researching history and historical figures since he was in college. Using his slogan, “Life is no mystery when you know your history,” he has a passion for retelling historical stories of presidential, world, and United States history, with a strong emphasis on how history continually repeats. Jim’s goal is to not only teach the important parts of history, but to point out that if history's warnings are heeded, mankind stands to have a brighter future.