Tell a Story Day

Guest Post By Kristen Fuhs-Wells of Indiana Humanities Council

The practice of telling stories has been around since the beginning of time. For years, stories of agriculture and food traditions have been passed from generation to generation. Harvest stories and family recipes are a few ways these traditions have stayed alive. As the number of farmers declines, the need for storytelling and tradition-sharing becomes essential. On April 27, America celebrates Tell a Story Day, a day to recognize story-telling of all kinds, from tall tales to ghost stories and everywhere in between. We’ve come up with a few ideas for how you can celebrate Indiana’s food and agriculture stories on Tell a Story Day:

*  Read a story to residents in a nursing home

*  Bake a family recipe and learn the story behind it

*  Record family memoirs in a journal to be shared with future generations

*  Visit the Food for Thought’s traveling exhibit Story Silo and record your favorite food memories and recipes.

Current and upcoming locations:

Dubois County Museum, Jasper (April 12 – May 5)

Center on Aging and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington (May 6 – May 20)

Randolph County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Winchester (June 3 – 20)

Knox County Public Library, Vincennes (July 18 – Aug. 4)

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis (Aug. 5 – 21)

West Lafayette Public Library, West Lafayette (Aug. 29 – Sept. 9)

Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville (Sept. 9 – Oct. 3)

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