News Release 183

Halloween story telling at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site Oct. 18

Volume 39-183 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Bufordville will hold its annual Halloween storytelling event on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, Marilyn Kinsella returns to the site this year to perform her stories around a bon fire. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Refreshments will be provided.

Marilyn Kinsella began her story telling career in 1981, while teaching in the St. Louis area. She worked as a storyteller and puppeteer for the Edwardsville Public Library and upon her retirement in 2002, she became a full-time freelance professional storyteller. Ms. Kinsella travels extensively, performing hundreds of stories from personal experiences, to folk and historical tales, to literary stories. She can often be found performing in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois areas.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is the site of a Civil War-era mill where visitors can learn how corn and wheat were ground into meal and flour by water power, just as it was done long ago. Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest of the four remaining covered bridges in the state, was built in 1858 and stretches 140 feet across the White River, which powers the mill.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is located at 113 Bollinger Mill Road in Burfordville. To get to the historic site, take Highway 34 to Highway HH in Cape Girardeau County. For more information, contact the site at 573-243-4591. For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.