Tellabration! 2015 Features Local Story Lab

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Date: November 17, 2015
Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Glen Jean, West Virginia—Like a good story? Tellabration! celebrates tales, a worldwide storytelling event for people of all ages. This year a FREE local event will be hosted at New River Gorge National River's Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing, West Virginia onSaturday, November 21from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

This year's local Tellabration! is Story Lab, a new storytelling experiment for one and all. Use fun storytelling games and team activities to create new tales, plus try tips to preserve your own life stories –your history. "National Parks preserve America's stories," says Jodi French-Burr, park ranger and long-time Tellabration! producer. "Each of us contributes to that heritage through our experiences, so Story Lab is a way for people to experiment with such tales from life."  Hear local tales of history too.

This event is one in over 40 states and 15 countries planned on this same weekend, celebrating the century's old tradition of storytelling. The event is produced locally by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Storytelling Network (NSN), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. NSN also offers a support network for storytellers, who share their telling talents to the people of our communities.

Storyteller Bill Harley once said, "Stories are at the heart of being human –they talk about where we're from, where we are, and where we are going." "We hope this event drives that point home," says French-Burr. "Everyone has a story to tell, helping us stay true to the heart of being human through storytelling." Tellabration! is one way we continue to share this traditional art form in our own communities. There will be something for everyone here, so bring your creative juices, your history, and join in on the fun of Tellabration! –Story Lab!

For more information about area National Park Service sites:, or stop by a New River Gorge National River visitor center.



Last updated: November 17, 2015

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