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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.

State of Stories Program Evaluation

If you have attended a program that is part of the State of Stories series, please let us know what you think by filling out our State of Stories Program Evaluation. Your feedback is integral to continuing to provide high-quality programs.

Storytelling Performances

Storytelling Workshops

Presentations and Book Conversations

Missouri’s Dynamic Quilting Traditions and Innovations

Show Me: State of Stories: Missouri's Dynamic Quilting Tradition

Thursday, January 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Live on The Story Center's Facebook page

Join us for Missouri quilt stories with Dr. Lisa Higgins, director of the Missouri Folk Arts Program, and Dr. Michael Sweeney, coordinator for the Missouri Bicentennial for the State Historical Society, who will talk about the state’s Bicentennial quilt.

Book Conversation: Abandoned Kansas City, by Regina Daniel

Book Conversation: Abandoned Kansas City, by Regina Daniel

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-7:30pm
Live on The Story Center’s Facebook Page

Join author and photographer Regina Daniel for a conversation about what the stories abandoned buildings in the City of Fountains tell us about our place and ourselves.  

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