Speaking & Events


“Devastation on the Delaware: The Deadly Flood of 1955 in Bucks County”
Narrated digital slide presentation followed by audience Q&A. Author will also read from her award-winning book, Devastation on the Delaware

August 19, 2016 – 7:00 PM at the Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler Street, Stockton, NJ. Public welcome! Share your story of experiencing the ’55 flood. Purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the author.

September 24, 2016 – The Jim Smith Society. Featured speaker for this organization’s annual convention in Bartonsville, PA. Private event.

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October 23, 2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: The River Reads 2016 Book Festival will feature a day of readings and author signings from over 40 authors from the Delaware River Valley. Held at the Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler Street, Stockton, NJ. Public welcome!


Appearances Archive

See a list of the author’s past appearances.


Author Mary A. Shafer

Author Mary A. Shafer
Photo by Wendy Badman

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Need a savvy speaker to discuss the Flood of 1955 or more recent flooding on the Delaware River?

Media Interviews

  • Ms. Shafer is available for in-person, telephone or email interviews about her book and its topic, the 1955 flood in the Delaware River Valley.
  • Photos of the author, flood photos, and map images are available in digital format in our Press Room to illustrate your articles.

Looking for an interesting event for your organization’s next meeting?

Narrated digital slide presentations and book signings  

  • Ms. Shafer is available for book signings, readings and slide shows.
  • Mary speaks in accompaniment to a 45-minute Powerpoint® digital slide presentation containing supplemental information and historical and contemporary photos, many of which don’t appear in the book. The slide show is followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A session, making this an ideal one-hour presentation for all ages. Presentations are customized to your locale.
  • Mary will appear at bookstores, gift shops, fairs and festivals, libraries, schools, civic group meetings, historical societies, special events and at other gatherings of those interested in the flood.

Speaker’s requirements for digital slide show:

The author will bring:

  • laptop computer
  • digital projector
  • 3-prong power strip
  • small projection screen, if needed

Host to provide:

  • a small table at least 24 in. square, positioned 10-15 feet from projection surface (a blank, light-colored wall will do just fine)
  • a 3-prong, grounded extension cord to reach the table
  • a room large enough to seat the group comfortably for an hour, which can be suitably darkened for a slide show
  • sound system if room is too large for adequate voice projection (usually any more than 50 people)

Please call 610-847-2456 or contact us with any questions about the presentation and author speaking fee.