Tom Kleist and Sandy Fisher mix humor and history in the programs they take to schools, community groups and service organizations. They call their presentation “Adventures with Ma and Pa” and they bring history alive in classrooms, churches and farm sheds across southeast Wisconsin as they teach about everyday life in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Fisher says that she and Kleist represent a generation that still has a connection to life before modems; remembering outhouses, pitchforks and hand pumps – the things of early-day life that bear little resemblance to modern households or farms today.
Kleist is a former elementary school teacher and auctioneer, who also raises a few goats on his farm near Elkhorn. Fisher, who lives in Waukesha, was an accredited education coordinator and worked at Old World Wisconsin before retirement. Both found their niche in “Ma & Pa” and have visited up to thirty schools a year with their blend of history and humor. In addition, they mix their comedy with historical props – tools and implements from another era – often asking their audiences to guess what the uses of each might have been. Both Fisher and Kleist are intent on sharing their stories and historical perspective with audiences young and old. “If we don’t share it, it’s going to be lost…” Contact Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kleist at email@example.com .