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The Heartland Storytelling Festival will be held at Homestead National Monument of America on March 22 and 23, 2018.

Professional storytellers will perform each day in a round-robin set-up. Programs will be held at the Homestead’s Education Center at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

New this year is a storytelling performance open to everyone, which will occur each day at 2 p.m. This fun event is free!

Storytellers this year include:

Darrin Crow: hailing from across the mighty Missouri in Iowa, Darrin’s yarns will take attendees back in time to education in one-room schools.

Pippa White: Pippa's stories of Ellis Island and immigrants settling the heartland will captivate listeners and make learning history an unforgettable experience for all ages.

Rosie Cutrer: visiting from Kansas, Rosie will transport audiences back to the pioneer times and delight all with her collection of everyday tools and toys from yesteryear.

Schools, daycares, home school groups, senior centers and the general public are encouraged to attend. Students can also come on a virtual field trip through distance learning. Register for one storyteller or come for all three. All programs are free.

“This event is wonderful. Everyone is invited to come and learn about our National History through the art of storytelling,” said Homestead Superintendent Mark Engler.

To reserve space for your classroom, call Homestead National Monument of America at 402-223-3514 or email home_education@nps.gov. This program is possible through the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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