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Marilyn Kinsella1904 World Fair Stories told at Humanities the week of  February 5 

Marilyn Kinsella, Taleypo the Storyteller, of Fairview Heights, Ill. Has been telling stories since 1981.  Her folktales come from many cultures, but her favorite stories are those she wrote about growing up in her small Mid-western town.  

“In 2003, I wanted to tell a story to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition or more commonly known as The 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.  I spent hours researching documents until I happened upon the only “official” woman photographer, Jesse Tarbox Beals.  It was fascinating that a woman in this time period was allowed to be in this position,” said Kinsella. 

Kinsella has told stories to hundreds of schools in the Midwest and has been featured at many festivals including The St. Louis Storytelling Festival Under the Arch, the New Salem Festival and The Illinois Storytelling Festival.

Kinsella’s tour in Montgomery County will start on Monday, February 5 at the Coffeyville Meal Site, Sycamore Landing and Windsor Place Assisted Living before arriving at the Spencer/Rounds Theatre on the CCC Campus at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday.  Kinsella will continue her tour of Coffeyville with Windsor Place, Windsor Place SCU and the Medicalodge of Coffeyville on Tuesday.  Wednesday she will entertain residents at Asbury Village and Manor House followed by the students at Caney Valley High School on Thursday and the Caney Nursing Home and Guest Home Estates in Caney on Friday.  For more information call 620-251-7700 ext. 2145 or 2038.

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