Welcome to the Mississippi Valley Educational Programs Web Page!
Celebrating our 10th year of providing Living History Programs!
MVEP exists to provide parks, museums, schools, community organizations, and other groups with the highest quality living history programs, consultation, and living history training for volunteers and educational professionals in the art and science of historical impressions. We serve primaily Arkansas, western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and southwest Missouri, but travel nationwide to provide living history training to interpretive professionals.
"Integrating Living History into the Classroom."
The mission of Mississippi Valley Educational Programs is to provide the finest living history programs, based upon the best available research, tailored to meet your educational objectives, in the most entertaining and fun manner possible.
Founded in 1996 by Kent Goff, Tom Yancey, and Derek Clements, MVEP members have a combined total of over thirty years of living history experience. "Have costume, will travel" is our unofficial motto. If you would like to know more about our company and our ideas, please visit our FAQ page. For more information on our credentials and expertise, please check out our biographies below.
Kent J. Goff, MA
USMA (West Point) '87 BS in Engineering Management, MA History, Arkansas State University. Four years experience in Industrial Engineering at a major shoe factory. Five years of active duty in the U.S. Army including combat service in the Gulf. Currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, USAR (Military Intelligence branch.) Graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. Living History Lecturer and Participant for the last seventeen years. Specialty Areas: Tactics, History of Military Technology, the Soto expedition, World War 1 and 2, and Soviet Army studies. Kent also serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of MVEP.
Tom Yancey, MS
Northern Illinois University BS in Special Education, MS in Special Education. Tom taught at the Elementary and High School levels. Administrator of a Non-Public facility for five years. Presented in service programs for the Illinois State Board of Education. Living History Lecturer and Participant for six years. Specialty areas include First Person Impression, the civilian in Reconstruction Arkansas, and French colonial Arkansas.