is an experienced public speaker and a freelance journalist whose work appears frequently in The Boston Globe. He has also written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, AARP Magazine and dozens of other newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad.
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- Dennis Port Public Library, Dennis Port, MA
- Temple Ezrath Israel
- Needham Historical Society
- Lynnfield Public Library
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- Boston Cares "Books and Brews"
- Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System Conference
- Newton Public Library
- Durand Hedden House and Garden
- Charles River Museum of Industry
- Weston Public Library
- White Clay Bicycle Club
- Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
Jewish Community Center of the North Shore
Boston Jewish Book Fair
Striar Jewish Community CenterStoughton, MA
- Hadassah/Boston Chapter
Chestnut Hill, MA
- Hadassah/Framingham-Natick Chapter
- Temple Judea
- Temple Beth Israel
- Cannon Beach Book Company Cannon Beach, OR
- Hadassah/Cape Cod Chapter
- Papa Wheelie's Bicycle Shop
- Massachusetts Genealogical Council
Bentley College, Waltham, MA
- Jewish Community Center
- Greater Arizona Bicycling Association
- Pacific-Atlantic Cycling Tours
Arizona Desert Training Camp
- Phinehas S. Newton Library
- Virginia Festival of the Book
New York, NY
- Lincoln Public Library
- Jewish Women's Archive
- New York Cycle Club
New York, NY
- South Carolina Book Festival Columbia, SC
- Fox Hill Chaverim
- St. Louis Jewish Book Fair
Creve Cour, MO
- New England Independent Booksellers Association
- ExperiencePlus! Cycling Tour Montargis, France
- Temple Beth Elohim
- Leach Library
- Needham Public Library
- Temple Beth Sholom
- International Cycling History Conference, University of California Davis, CA
- Lasell Village
- Newbury Court
- Temple Beth Shalom
- Broadmeadow Elementary School Needham, MA
A Presentation of Cycling, History, and Victorian Adventure...
For more than four years, Annie’s great-grandnephew, Peter Zheutlin, painstakingly reconstructed Annie’s audacious journey using hundreds of old newspaper accounts and long lost letters, scrapbooks, and photographs. With no family lore to guide him, Peter chased Annie through snow-covered cemeteries, across cyberspace, and along countless miles of highways and by-ways that eventually united him with Annie’s only grandchild. The result is Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride (Citadel Press) published in 2007.
Now, you are invited to share Annie’s improbable and daring ‘round the world journey with Annie’s great-grandnephew as your guide. Travel through the 1890s, a time of ragtime jazz, women’s liberation, and Wild West outlaws. Join Annie as she fends off bandits in France, dodges bullets on a Chinese battlefield, and trudges across the California desert with a broken down bicycle.
Peter’s lively and richly illustrated PowerPoint presentation includes many original images Annie herself used to illustrate lectures she gave about her travels as she crossed the United States in 1895. Included are several rare photographs of 19th century Jerusalem. The presentation can be tailored for adult audiences, children of all ages, or audiences comprising both children and adults.
Peter's presentation addresses these important social, family and historical themes:
- How changes in bicycle design opened the sport to women and how the cycling craze of the 1890s energized the women's suffrage movement
- Cycling and the Jewish community in the late 19th century
- Genealogy, family roots and the search for meaning
- How advances in communications and transportation technology in the late 19th century changed the world and fueled a mania for 'round the world travel of all kinds
- Sensationalism in late 19th century American journalism
For children the presentation includes lessons in:
- Women's and American history
- Technology and social change
Join Peter and Annie for high Victorian adventure at the turn of the 20th century and a modern story of a search for family roots. And expect the unexpected for the adventure ends with the revelation of a stunning family secret!
Presentations can be arranged by emailing:
Praise for Peter's Presentation
"Meticulously researched, Around the World on Two Wheels, sparkles with Zheutlin's natural story telling ability which he most likely inherited from his great grand-aunt, Annie Londonderry."
-- Ellen Meyers, Director of Programsand Communications, Newton (MA) Public Library
"Weeks after Peter's presentation, I was still getting phone calls about it. The women loved Peter and Annie. He got rave reviews from a very tough audience, and he gets a glowing thumbs-up from me!"
--Barbara Blume, President, Cape Cod Chapter, Hadassah
"Annie's extraordinary story came alive, first with the book, and then with Peter's presentation, where history is blended with a liberal dose of humor."
--Tatjana Deary, Programs Director, Friends of the Weston (MA) Public Library
"What an exciting presentation and an amazing story! Enlightening and highly entertaining for the more than 100 people who attended."
-- Judy Bolt, Greater Arizona Bicycle Association Overnight Coordinator
"Delightful and informative. Peter's talk still has people buzzing!"
-- Susan J. Steigman, Director, Development Events and Adult Programs, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, Marblehead, MA
"Using dynamic photographs from the 19th century, colorful anecdotes, and a masterful blend of social history and travel narrative, Peter Zheutlin brings to life the unheralded story of Annie Londonderry's audacious cycling journey around the world and what it represented to the women of her time. Zheutlin is a marvelous storyteller who captures rich historical moments with humor, wit, and insight."
-- Jordan Namerow, Jewish Women's Archive, Brookline, MA
"A thoroughly captivating story and presentation."
-- Kathy Morris, Director, Phinehas S. Newton Library, Royalston, MA
"A dynamic and insightful presentation. Peter lit a spark that ignited the interest of a diverse Tucson audience."
-- Susan Silverman, Director, Arts & Culture, Tucson Jewish Community Center
"Through the use of great slides and superb storytelling, Peter portrays the essence of Annie and we felt like we had been invited to share her journey. Peter is an engaging and entertaining speaker and no one was ready for the presentation to end."
-- Sydney A. Baer, Executive Director, Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR
"Peter held us spellbound. His amazing presentation and wonderful photos brought this lively character to life. Those who were there are still talking about it, and those who missed it are wondering why they did. Needless to say, all of us are running to read the book!"
-- Candace Parkin, Programming Vice-President of Sisterhood and Chairperson of Adult Education, Temple Judea, Doylestown, PA
"Peter's enthusiasm is contagious. His presentation is a wonderful gift of biography and a marvelous insight into the time in which Annie lived.”
-- Myra Bushell, Co-Vice President for Programming, Framingham/Natick (MA) Chapter, Hadassah
“After every presentation at our community library, we ask audience members to evaluate the program. Peter's enthusiasm for his topic was evident and the response from all who attended was unanimous: all rated the presentation 'excellent.'"
-- Kendall Curtis, Public Services Librarian, Leach Library, Londonderry, NH
“An enlightening, informative and well crafted talk by a great public speaker.”
-- Andy Lebowitz, President, Temple Beth Sholom Brotherhood, Manchester, CT
“Peter’s talk was a big hit at our Sisterhood Dinner. Our usually chatty crowd of over 100 women listened attentively and greatly enjoyed this interesting presentation!”
-- Judy Ravech, V.P. for Programming, Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Needham, MA
For Book Clubs!
To have Peter join your book club by telephone for a discussion of Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride, contact him at the e-mail address above.