Storytellers taking stage at museum kick-off
What do people do after a good Sunday dinner? They loosen their belts, tip back their chairs, and tell stories. That’s exactly what’s going to happen when Prairie Village Museum serves up its Spring Kick-Off Dinner on Sunday, April 17, at the Rugby Eagles Club.
The freewill community dinner, featuring ham and all the trimmings, will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Minot Story Hour co-founder Travis Gerjets and some Rugby-area storytellers will start telling tales of “The Good-Old, Bad-Old Days” at 1:15 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Local storytellers invited to share their stories of “The Good-Old, Bad-Old Days” are: Rugby auctioneer Ron Torgerson; Russian immigrant and Slavic Heritage Farm co-founder Julia Petrovic; longtime educator and farmer’s wife Bonita Lindseth; retired pharmacist and former Baillie’s Drug Store owner Duane Baillie; and Rugby native and artist Terry Jelsing.
As a “story educator,” Gerjets has helped hundreds of people share their own stories in their own words with the aim of building community, deepening empathy and celebrating folk history.
The night before the Spring Kick-Off program, Gerjets will work with the local storytellers to help them develop and refine their stories for the public telling.
Gerjets served as an associate Lutheran pastor in Waconia, Minn., before he and his wife, the Rev. Brandy Gerjets, moved to Minot, where they are raising their 2-year-old son. Gerjets helped launch the successful Minot Story Hour in February 2015.
“Gathering stories is something we’d like to do more of as a historical society,” executive director Cathy Jelsing said. “Having Travis here to encourage local folks to share their stories is a perfect way to kick off the museum’s 51st season.”
Individuals interested in renewing or purchasing Geographical Center Historical Society memberships may do so at the Kick-Off. Memberships include season passes to Prairie Village Museum and all museum events.
Kick-off sponsors are Ramsey National Bank, the North Dakota Humanities Council and Thrivent Financial.
For more information on “The Good-Old, Bad-Old Days: Storytelling with Travis Gerjets and Friends” and other museum events, visit www.prarievillagemuseum.com, call 701-681-9342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum opens for school tours May 2 and to the general public on May 15.
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