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State of Stories: Missouri Bicentennial


State of Stories is a series of free public programs commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial. Developed by The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, programs will explore Missouri history and culture through storytelling performances and workshops, book conversations, presentations, a publication, and other activities. Funding for these programs in provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

A cornerstone of State of Stories programming is an oral storytelling component, a series of four performances and workshops by master Missouri storytellers. Performances at various MCPL branches will entertain and educate audiences of all ages and represent traditions from across the state. Workshops will help emerging storytellers develop skills and techniques for researching and telling historical stories. Facilitated by a Kansas City-based professional storyteller, participants completing the sequence of workshops will have the opportunity to tell a five to seven-minute story as part of the state Bicentennial celebration in August 2021.

Storytelling Performances

These Ozark Hills

Storytelling Workshops

Presentations and Book Conversations

Ozark Outdoors: Hunting Lore and Fishing Stories

Book Conversation: Abandoned Kansas City, by Regina Daniel

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