Bring The A Land Remembered Show To Your School

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It’s hard to believe but I have done over 200 pre­sen­ta­tions of “Patrick Smith’s Florida IS A Land Remem­bered.” The show is what I call “visual sto­ry­telling” and includes lots of videos, pho­tos, music, and spe­cial visual effects. I have pre­sented it in many schools and am happy to say that the stu­dents love it. They have gone so far as to write me fan mail, and it has been so much fun to auto­graph books for them (even though my father is the author). I always leave time at the end of the show for ques­tions and the stu­dents have the best ques­tions, by far, of any audi­ence I meet.

It has been so suc­cess­ful that I’m com­ing back in Novem­ber, 2015 with a SPECIAL SHOW JUST FOR SCHOOLS. The school ver­sion runs 30–35 min­utes, focuses almost entirely on A Land Remem­bered, and allows stu­dents time for ques­tions. If inter­ested in reserv­ing a spot for your school please con­tact Rick at or call 1–888-744‑9381.

You know, few if any books have cap­tured the spirit and col­or­ful his­tory of Florida as has A Land Remem­bered.  Stu­dents sim­ply love it. We have heard many times from teach­ers and par­ents that A Land Remem­bered was the first book that their stu­dents had eagerly read from cover to cover. Hun­dreds of stu­dents have writ­ten let­ters about how much they love the book. They turned it into class projects and even made plays and videos about it.  

I don’t do the show alone. Patrick Smith makes video appear­ances through­out the pro­gram to enter­tain and enlighten the audi­ence about his extra­or­di­nary life as a writer and his thoughts about Florida.

In my longer shows I dig in to a few other books that were keys to Patrick Smith’s lit­er­ary career, but for the school show I focus almost entirely on A Land Remembered.

This is a media inten­sive show. It is not a “lec­ture” or just a “talk.” This pro­gram is a sen­sory delight incor­po­rat­ing video clips, pho­tos, paint­ings, music, sound effects and a few jokes to trans­port you to another place and time. I nar­rate the show live, answer ques­tions and will hap­pily sign books. I

Come and enjoy an unfor­get­table jour­ney into a Florida that once was, is no more, and never again will be.

There is a $500 speak­ing fee for the show. If more than one show or local venue is booked, we may be able to reduce that amount.

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Sig­nage at Braden River High School


Sign­ing a post at Braden River High School


Rick with Macken­zie Farah and Ben King at Braden River High School. Ben helped facil­i­tate the visit.


Dr. Mary Thomp­son coor­di­nated the visit at Braden River High School. She runs a pro­gres­sive pro­gram there.

Click to read Rick Smith at Punta Gorda Review


We totally loved see­ing you guys and the pre­sen­ta­tion was awe­some!
What a guy your father is!  Wow wee!



My wife and I saw Rick when he came to Stu­art. To say the least we were impressed.
I want to urge him to come to Okee­chobee on his fall speak­ing tour.

Terry N.


Thank you! My hus­band and I so enjoyed your pre­sen­ta­tion at the library in Cocoa.

Susan B.


Thank you so much for com­ing to Windy Ridge to speak with our sixth graders about your father and his won­der­ful legacy.  The stu­dents have now fin­ished vol­ume 1 and can’t wait to start vol­ume 2 of A Land Remem­bered.  Our unit has been so enhanced by your per­sonal account of child­hood with your dad.  You spoke beau­ti­fully and tai­lored the pro­gram per­fectly for our kid­dos!  Thank you again so much for your visit!

Eliz­a­beth Chick


I made it to the Marco Island talk. Was a great show, and I man­aged to get a signed copy of the book A Land Remem­bered.
Thank you for doing this tour.

Randi R.


One day I was look­ing through a Forum Mag­a­zine from the Florida Human­i­ties group, and I noticed an arti­cle about Patrick Smith, his life’s adven­tures and the books he had writ­ten.  I instantly knew I wanted him to talk to the Marco Island His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety mem­bers. I called the num­ber listed and found his son, Rick Smith who agreed to travel to Florida from Cal­i­for­nia and he was will­ing to do a pre­sen­ta­tion about his life with his famous, beloved father.  His video clips with his father speak­ing all helped us to get to know the man behind the won­der­ful writ­ings. What a won­der­ful trib­ute to a legend.Thank you, Rick

BJ Hen­ning, Pro­gram Direc­tor, Marco Island His­tor­i­cal Society


I attended the show yes­ter­day in Mel­bourne. Really enjoyed it all. The venue and infor­mal set­ting made it feel very per­sonal.
Rick does a great job enter­tain­ing (he really is funny!), Kim takes care of the tech and sales end and I learned some things about Patrick Smith that I didn’t know .
I learned about the books I hadn’t read, and it won’t be long because I pur­chased them and have already begun read­ing The River is Home.
Con­grat­u­la­tions on a suc­cess­ful tour Rick and Kim.

Deb­bie Horn Little

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