Two boys in sleeping bags at the Ghosting, June 1998. Photo: Janel Huelskamp
Nebraska Storytelling Festival (Omaha)
Held the last weekend in June at the College
of Saint Mary in Omaha, this event includes four rounds of
storytelling workshops and five storytelling sessions that are
open to the public. To make the event accessible to all
members of the community and to educate the audience about
other cultures, an ethnic mix of storytellers is presented.
Several tellers of national prominence are mingled with
accomplished regional tellers, and there are workshops and
telling times for children, with emphasis on particular genres
such as ghost stories in a night-time "Ghosting" session.
Attendees receive academic and library recertification credit
according to their level of participation. First held in 1987
and attended by 50 to 60 people, the original festival was the
creation of four storytelling librarians. Twelve years later
attendance was 1,800. In keeping with their mission of
creating storytelling opportunities for all communities across
the state, the festival's current producers also co-produce
other telling events and workshops in Kearney, Omaha, and
Lincoln. The festival is documented in text, photographs, a
videotape, and two audio cassettes.
Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.
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