With 300 speaking engagements since 2012 and numerous enthusiastic reviews, Teresa Irish’s “A Thousand Letters Home, the Journey of the Letters” is a unique, motivational and memorable keynote program for your upcoming event! Using a story-telling style that draws from the strength and character of the greatest generation, author/speaker Teresa Irish takes audiences on an inspirational and life-affirming journey. Irish’s skillful and captivating presentation blends humor and history to leave audiences laughing, crying, reminiscing and inspired. A perfect accompaniment to community, civic, business, military, recognition, and motivation-oriented events, this program encourages perspective, accountability, pride in ownership, and a "people first, task second" approach to day-to-day living. A heartfelt tribute to America’s history, freedoms, and family values, as well as a reminder of the importance of human connections in today’s world, this presentation reaches across generations with a little something for everyone.
“A Thousand Letters Home,” was named Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch, and was recognized by Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. In addition to selecting ATLH for their Recommended Reading List, The Military Writers Society of America called it “a fascinating book…a treasure trove,” and concluded “highly recommend.” Irish has appeared on ABC News, NPR, Veterans’ Radio, Frontlines of Freedom, The History Author, and the nationally syndicated National Defense Radio Show.
Born in Saginaw, MI, Teresa Irish is a 1984 graduate of Michigan State University. Her career has included various positions in higher education administration, and most recently as a vice-president for a national home health care and hospice company. Irish retired in April 2012 to devote her time to sharing this moving and historic story, and the accompanying message of citizenship in today’s world. A proud military daughter and spouse, Irish lives Northville, MI with her husband, COL Brad Foster (Retired), a 27-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve.
This presentation is appropriate for all audience sizes and ages. The full program runs 60-70 minutes (may be modified to accommodate program schedule/activities), and is accompanied by 1940’s music, photograph display, and a book signing. Audiences will be talking about this program long after your event has ended!
- Professional and engaging speaker (no speaker notes or reference cards) - establishes instant rapport and delivers a compelling message that resonates with diverse audiences.
- 25 years experience in higher education administration and the corporate world - able to customize program/messaging for intended audiences and deliver a dynamic, professional, high quality presentation
- Outstanding program reviews and multiple return engagements. 300 keynote engagements as of 09/2017
- Post-presentation book signing (hardcover & softcover books provided by author/distributor) available.
- Volume book discount pricing may be available to organizations wishing to provide copies of "A Thousand Letters Home" as registration or event take-away gifts
- Additional information including speaker & reader reviews, letter excerpts, and photo gallery available at www.AThousandLettersHome.com.
- Contact Teresa for your upcoming event: (email) Teresa@AThousandLettersHome.com / (734) 502-4577
- A THOUSAND LETTERS HOME - Following the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, Teresa Irish opened the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from November, 1942 to December, 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents back in Hemlock, MI, and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Battle Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith, and true love. "A Thousand Letters Home" is comprised of 320 of these poignant letters and 104 corresponding photographs. The firsthand account through the eyes, heart and words of one soldier mirrors the journeys of many who served in WWII. From training camps across the U.S.A., to Ports of Embarkation where they boarded ships and crossed the ocean to fight on foreign soil, millions of young Americans were abruptly pulled from civilian life and thrust into the unfamiliar world of a military at war. At every opportunity, Bud poured his thoughts and feelings into his letters, all amidst reassuring words to loved ones a world away. Unable or perhaps reluctant to recount what they had experienced, many veterans chose to spare their loved ones the detailed atrocities of war – these would be their own personal burdens to bear for the remainder of their lives. Bud foreshadowed this in a letter to his parents written from Europe on February 4, 1945, “…Heaven knows they [soldiers] don't want anything more on earth than to get it over and go back to their loved ones…We don't want anything extra when we get home, but just want to find everything as we left it and forget everything that's happened or we've seen over here…” As the reader turns the pages, the transition from boy to man is apparent in the passing of the weeks, months and years. "A Thousand Letters Home" is for the children, grandchildren and future descendants of all veterans. This book is for all Americans...Lest we forget. Published in hardcover, softcover and e-book. Note: Books for sale & signing at speaker events are provided directly from the author/distributor. Volume discounts available to companies/organizations wishing to purchase books for event attendees.
- Named "Reviewer’s Choice" by Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch. Recognized by Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Military Writers Society of America "Recommended Reading" list...“a fascinating book…a treasure trove...highly recommend.” The story of the letters has been reported in newspapers throughout the United States. Introduction, letter excerpts, speaker reviews, reader reviews, photo gallery, and upcoming events schedule available at www.AThousandLettersHome.com.