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Our regular, casual, fun, Afternoon Tea is a meal with sandwiches, scones, dessert and tea. Light Tea performances are served with one sandwich, scones, toppings and tea. Holiday Afternoon Tea serves up a festive tea menu, ambiance, and performance to remember. Consider this as an enriching afternoon with friends.
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About Us

Irene Nielsen Irene Nielsen, PsyD, CNM, ChFC
  • President and historical performer
    Irene has practiced in health, psychology, small business, and financial professions as a Certified Nurse Midwife, Professor, Entrepreneur, Registered Representative, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant and Certified Tea and Etiquette Consultant.
  • Veteran, Army Nurse Corps
  • At Designing Excellence, we focus intentionally on you.
    As educators and historical performers we embrace the fun of social/creative, holistic health and wellness.
  • Pathfinder Speaker at American Society of Aging (ASA)
    • March 2013, Chicago - War an Ageism
    • March 2015, Chicago - Adversity and Resiliency on Subjective well-being in Old Age
  • National public presenter and educator for Well-Being
    1. KU with Wilma Mankiller - April 2009
    2. American Society of Aging - March 2013
  • Educator (OSHER/KU) for Positive Aging
  • PsyD Dissertation on adversity, resiliency and well-being
  • Education completed for
    1. Washington School of Protocol
    2. Ride into History Professional, Historical Acting
  • Available nationally for first-person, historical performances
  • Membership and Awards:
    1. Sigma Theta Tau — Honorary Nursing
    2. Golden Key International Honor Society
    3. Veterans Salute — Service-Academic-Leadership-Unity-Tribute-Excellence
    4. Gustavus Adolphus Nursing Department — Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015
  • Irene Nielsen is a professional member of National Storytelling Network.

Bonnie Johnson Bonnie Johnson, MBA, MECI, MSAE
  • Chief Financial Officer, Educational Consultant
  • Bonnie has and does participate in a full and diversified professional life as an Aeronautical Engineer, High School and college math teacher, and Private Pilot
  • Pathfinder Speaker at American Society of Aging (ASA), March 2013, March 2015, Chicago
    1. Co-presenting with Irene Nielsen and Janice Walker
    2. War on Ageism: Human and economic consequences
  • Membership and Awards:
    1. National presenter — American Society of Aging — March 2013
    2. Charter member of Women in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Available nationally for first-personal historical performances
  • Bonnie Johnson is affiliated with Kansas Historical professional actors and is available for corporate and organizational first person presentation programs.

First Person, Historical Performances

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  1. Abigail Adams
  2. Clara Barton
  3. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
  4. Queen Christina of Sweden
  5. Mamie Eisenhower
  6. Anna Freud
  7. Catherine the Great
  8. Dr. Karen Horney
  9. Mary Lincoln
  10. Dolley Madison
  11. Alice Paul
  12. Eleanor Roosevelt
  13. Margaret Sanger (mature audience for historical corrections to role of family and contraceptive advocacy)
  14. Irena Sendler
  15. Nellie Taft
  16. Louise Thaden
  17. Katharine Wright Haskell
  18. Under Research
  19. Mary Breckenridge (September)
  20. Virginia Hall (2019) American covert spy for Allies in WWII

  • "What an interesting way to learn history. I had no idea how important Karen Horney was to prepare for women's equality thinking almost 100 years later." - Quote from Audience

  • "I had not expected so much authentic channeling of the historical women that are performed here. The portrayed women are real in telling their life stories. I have seen Louise Thaden performed several times and find the stories are always spell-binding and fresh. Nothing is given as a memorized script. Johnson and Nielsen engage in extensive research that spotlights an authenticity as important women really lived." Phil Ciholas, Aeronautical Engineer, Wichita, KS

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