A Professional Speaker for Every Occasion

Award-winning television producer, director, writer, and author Barbara Sillery is available as a professional speaker for author talks and presentations. Barbara Sillery is the author of four books: The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands, The Haunting of Louisiana, The Haunting of Mississippi, and Biloxi Memories. Her articles have appeared in Native Peoples Magazine, La Vie, Cultural Vistas, and Irish Step Dancing. She has produced more than three dozen documentaries and features for PBS stations, including: Hidden Nation; Faded Ladies, Plantation Portraits, From the Wake of the Bow, The Prize, Biloxi Memories, and The Haunting of Louisiana.

Mashpee Women's ClubHer work has been honored with numerous awards from NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association), Worldfest, Tellys, and The American Association for State and Local History, as well as regional Press Club Awards. Barbara has also worked as a producer for Extra and entertainment shows on the Travel Channel. Along the way, she has interviewed a stellar lineup of celebrities, including: Rob Lowe, Jane Fonda, Hilary Swank, Jamie Foxx, Faith Hill, Anne Rice, Ryan Seacrest, Shaquille O’Neal, Gabrielle Union, Hilary Duff, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, and Brad Pitt.

Now Presenting: Public Speaker Opportunities

Sillery has given presentations as a public speaker for diverse groups around the country, including: Pilgrim Hall Museum and Falmouth Museums On The Green, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA); Biloxi Maritime Museum and Biloxi Visitors Center (MS), Jambalaya Writers Conference, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Southern University, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Preservation Research Center (LA), The Textbook and Academic Authoring Conference, and The Teenage Librarians Conference, as well as numerous libraries and schools.

Recent Topics

  • History’s Mysteries: Regional Folklore, Legends, & Haunted Tales
  • Historic Preservation: Keeping the Past Alive
  • The Documentary: Research, Scriptwriting, Directing, & Producing
  • Plantation Life: Behind-the-Scenes – Slave Quarters to the Big House
  • Creative Writing: Character & Plot; Print vs. Television
  • Conducting a Successful Interview—Getting the Perfect Soundbite

Barbara Sillery holding bookI and the other attendees enjoyed your lecture so much; so many intriguing haunted tales.”

—Barry Young, Executive Director, Pilgrim Hall Museum

“Members and guests have been calling and complimenting your program…thank you for sharing your love of how our past affects our present and stirring a desire for us to look deeper into the things we encounter…you truly are a very gifted woman.”

—Jo Nelle Kepper, Chairperson, Spring Lecture Series, Orléans Club

“Another fun and informative event. You are always a joy to host.”

Bill Raymond, Historical Administrator, City of Biloxi

“Thank you very much for making your program one of our most successful . . . it was thrilling for all of us.”

—Jennifer Deffner, Jefferson Parish Library

Email me for available dates and fees

Contact Barbara Sillery when you’d like to know more about her experience as a professional speaker. Based in Cape Cod, she travels nationwide for her work.