In cooperation with the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University, this year the Festival is pleased to offer an opportunity to record your stories so they can be saved and heard again and again. Memories of growing up and family traditions, along with the unique experiences and personalities in local communities - whether rural or urban - make wonderful material for passing along to the next generation. These stories - your stories - can be saved and archived for future enjoyment and reference thanks to the software and resources provided by the Chapman Center. We invite you to come to the Festival prepared to share a short recollection of your own. The Story Store will be located at the Memorial Hall venue at the Festival and available for everyone!
The Kansas Storytelling Festival opens on a Friday afternoon and closes the following evening. Within this charmed pocket of time the Kansas Storytelling Festival offers two evening concerts and many separate sessions of stories, workshops and music. There's something for everyone; Puppets and Stories for Children, Homespun Tales, Historical Portrayals, Poetry, Music, and more.
On Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, storytelling sessions are held simultaneously at different locations, all within comfortable walking distance. Stories continue almost until the evening storytelling concerts. Don't forget to visit the food court at noon and have supper with the storytellers on Friday evening.
Downs, Kansas, is called the "The Town of Many Stories," and rightly so. We tell stories. We listen to stories. We save stories. Each April since 1994 we honor stories by hosting the Kansas Storytelling Festival.
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