Bobby Norfolk Brings You - Through the Eyes of York

by  Educate.Today

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NEW for the 2020-21 school year, internationally acclaimed storyteller Bobby Norfolk is bringing his exceptional classroom performances and interactions direct to you and your students via remote learning.  

Enroll a group of any size that works best for you–multiple classes, grade level(s), entire schools, or multiple schools in your district.  Program viewing is available over a 7 day period of your choosing with live interaction with Bobby scheduled for the 7th day of viewing.  And schedule it all for dates and times that work best for you!

York, William Clark’s “Body Servant,” was the only African American member of the Corps of Discovery — the official name of the band of courageous explorers whose epic journey across the continent became immortalized as the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Emmy-Award Winning Storyteller Bobby Norfolk celebrates the man named York and the Lewis & Clark Expedition with a program that appeals to audiences of all ages.

Connect your students to internationally acclaimed storyteller Bobby Norfolk.  View a storytelling performance and interact with the actor in a live Q & A.  For 10 years, Mr. Norfolk was a National Park Service Ranger at the Jefferson Expansion National Memorial in St. Louis (Gateway Arch) with a special emphasis on the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Despite his position as slave, York earned the respect and awe of many people, and gained unofficial recognition as a full-fledged member through his heroic efforts in the Corps of Discovery.  Performed in historical costume, this one-man theatrical show explores York’s early life, and his struggle to be accepted as an equal on the  expedition.  Bobby brings to life exciting and dangerous adventures with stories of meeting the Plains Indians, hunting the grizzly bear, crossing the treacherous Bitterroot Mountains, and seeing the ocean for the first time!

This is the amazing story of a man reared as a slave, treated as a free man, only to be returned to the bonds of slavery following the expedition.

Learn about York and how Native Americans responded when they saw their first black man.  Hear stories of the Corps’ experiences as they explored the Louisiana Purchase.  And find out about Sacagawea, the important Native American woman who became part of the expedition.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $450.00
Point to Point Premium: $405.00

Enroll a group of any size that works best for you–multiple classes, grade level(s), entire schools, or multiple schools in your district. Program viewing is available over a 7 day period of your choosing with live interaction with Bobby scheduled for the 7th day of viewing. And schedule it all for dates and times that work best for you!


Videoconference sessions will be 30 minutes, with classes having previewed videos advance..

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Writing

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

Program requests must be made at least two weeks prior to your desired date. When enrolling, please let us know several possible dates and times you'd like to schedule your interaction.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Educate.Today

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Once a date and time has been scheduled for your interaction, you can cancel or reschedule without penalty within 48 hours. After 48 hours and up to 7 days before your scheduled program, we’ll refund 50% of your original fee. Within 7 days of the scheduled date, we do not offer a refund.

Should an uncontrollable emergency occur (i.e.: snow day, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule the program for a new date and time but should that prove impossible, we will refund 50% of your original fee. Should our program expert or other circumstance force a cancellation on our end from your original date, we will work with you to reschedule the program for a new date and time that works for you, or we will refund your purchase in full.

About This Provider

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

Helen Headrick

Program Details


This program will consist of the following elements:
1. Viewing of Bobby Norfolk’s performance of “Through the Eyes of York” online on Educate.Today’s
website (https://educate.today)
a. Viewing will be available through a provided password for a 7 day period. Online url and password will be provided once enrollment is finalized.
b. Beginning and end dates of the 7 day viewing period will be determined by the registrant’s confirmed date of live interaction with Bobby.
c. Viewing may occur at school or at home via the password which will be provided to the program registrant to share with all intended viewers.
2. Live interaction between Bobby and students scheduled for the 7th day of the online viewing period.
a. Interaction will be 15 to 30 minutes based on registrant preferences.
b. Interaction can occur in one 30 minute session or be broken into two smaller groups of 15 minutes each.
c. Interaction will occur via Zoom with all appropriate security measures in regard to access and participation.


Program Objectives:
Participants will…
• Learn about York and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
• Explore the power of storytelling to both teach and entertain an audience.
• Explore lessons learned from York’s life for application to their life
• Ask questions of, interact with, and learn from a professional storyteller.
• Have the opportunity to build on their learning from the program with additional research, writing,
and performance activities provided.
• Have a great time!

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Featured National Standards:

Below are just a few of the standards related to the program. Standards alignment for each of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and for various national organizations can be found on the Educate.Today
webpage at https://educate.today/edvideos/through-the-eyes-of-york-with-bobby-norfolk-ppv.

National Center for History in the Schools:
Historical Thinking Standards
2. Historical Comprehension
C. Identify the central question(s) the historical narrative addresses and the purpose, perspective, or point of view from which it has been constructed.
F. Appreciate historical perspectives--(a) describing the past on its own terms, through the eyes and experiences of those who were there, as revealed through their literature, diaries, letters, debates, arts, artifacts, and the like; (b) considering the historical context in which the event unfolded--the values, outlook, options, and contingencies of that time and place; and (c) avoiding “present-mindedness,” judging the past solely in terms of present-day norms and values.

4. Historical Research Capabilities
A. Formulate historical questions from encounters with historical documents, eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries, artifacts, photos, historical sites, art, architecture, and other records from the past.
B. Obtain historical data from a variety of sources, including library and museum collections, historic sites, historical photos, journals, diaries, eyewitness accounts, newspapers, and the like; documentary films, oral testimony from living witnesses, censuses, tax records, city directories, statistical compilations, and economic indicators.

5. Historical Issues—Analysis and Decision-Making
A. Identify issues and problems in the past and analyze the interests, values, perspectives, and points of view of those involved in the situation.

Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

State Standards

Please reference the National Standards provided above.