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Gotta story? Tell it at the Sandburg Slam

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic will host a community storytelling slam on Carl Sandburg’s birthday, Monday, Jan. 6.

Storytellers from across the region will share true five-minute stories with a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kaplan Auditorium at the Henderson County library. The event is free and open to the public and suitable for all ages.

Storytellers are invited to share a true five-minute story reflecting the theme of “movement.” Stories can reflect the theme, like movement from place to place, movement of nature and seasons, or movement that causes change in ideas and policy. Storytellers should arrive by 4:30 p.m. to register. Names will be placed in a hat at check-in and picked randomly to determine order, for up to 12 storytellers.

The audience will enjoy listening to true stories of “movement.” There will be laughter, tears, and a sense of relating to the very personal experiences of the storytellers.

A panel of judges will rate the stories, with first place awarded $100, second place $75, and third place, $50. Stories are to be family-friendly and respectful. All storytellers will receive a small thank you gift for participating. Park staff will MC the event and share brief stories from Sandburg’s life.

“Carl Sandburg traveled across the country, worked with people from all walks of life, and learned from their perspectives,” said park Superintendent Polly Angelakis. “His genuine interest and care for others is what made him such a strong voice for the people. This storytelling event, featuring everyday people, is a powerful way to celebrate his birthday and legacy.”
Support for the Slam is provided by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, the park’s fundraising partner, and Eastern National, the non-profit partner that operates the park store.