News Release 081

"A Good Tale, or Two" on June 5 at the Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-081 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Deb Swanegan, who earned the title of Master Storyteller through the University of Missouri’s Traditional Arts and Apprentice Program, will be the first person to appear in Missouri State Museum’s summer program series, “Telling Missouri’s Stories.” Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, Swanegan will perform “A Good Tale, or Two” on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Swanegan says of herself that she “weaves tapestries of tales designed through storytelling.” Storytelling has always been a part of her life. Growing up in a close knit family, many of her values and “cornerstones” were passed to her in stories. She always ends a story with “I tell you this story because…”

This program series is part of the ongoing “Museum after Hours” events when the Museum stays open until 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. On July 10, Marideth Sisco will perform “These Ozark Hills.” Paul Fotsch will present “Missouri History in Song” on Aug. 7. The “Telling Missouri’s Stories” summer will also include storytelling-focused programs for the Museum’s “Tuesdays@2” series, which begins June 4 with “The Spider Who Changed a Tribe: and other Native American stories.”

The Missouri State Museum’s “Museum after Hours” events are held the first Wednesday of each month when the museum galleries remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. “Museum after Hours” is for those who have wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night or whose schedule doesn’t allow daytime outings. In addition to the special programs, the event allows a more relaxed time to view all the museum exhibits. Exhibits include both old favorites and new ones, including “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing,” an exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and changes every six months. Evening entry to the museum will be through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building underneath the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri State Park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. Programs will take place in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall (east wing). For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.