Free storytelling workshop looks at NJ’s 350th anniversary

Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NJ350“Celebrate NJ’s 350th Anniversary through Storytelling,” will be held Saturday, March 8, at the Hamilton Township Library (Mercer County), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This storytelling workshop, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the “NJ350” themes of innovation, diversity, and liberty (www.officialnj350.com).

Featured storyteller and author Laura Crockett will bring the Battle of Princeton to life through the character of Mary Stumpf. Storytellers of the Garden State Storytellers League and the Storytellers Mosaic League, both affiliate leagues of the National Storytellers League, will tell stories of New Jersey’s people, places, and events.

Do you know the story of Elizabeth White and New Jersey’s blueberries at Historic Whitesbog Village? Lenape Indian Ann’s “Friendship Sandwich” at Bread and Cheese Run in Burlington County? Haddy the New Jersey Dinosaur in Haddonfield? Sylvester Graham and the Graham cracker in Bound Brook? Bertha Schaefer Koempel’s Spoon Collection at Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson? The legend of Tempe Wick at Jockey Hollow? Celebrating NJ350 stories will include tales of Walt Whitman, Thomas Paine, Clara Barton, Dr. James Still, Ann Whitall, the Blue Comet Train, the first New Jersey cattle drive, Ocean Grove in the old days, Jersey City--Then & Now, drive-in movies, the Jersey Devil, New Jersey’s state insect (the bumble bee), and more.

The program addresses the Common Core State Standards (NJCCSS). Three professional development hours awarded to educators.  The target audience is preschool through college educators, counselors, social workers, school and public librarians, administrators and anyone interested in storytelling.

Preregistration is encouraged; on-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The site is handicapped accessible and there is ample parking. For information, email englearnr@aol.com or call 609-890-3378.


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