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Date(s) - 10/04/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Campus Martius Museum

Cost: FREE Program

Guest Speaker: Susanna Holstein

Topic: Ghosting Down the River

The Ohio River Valley has seen its share of mystery and tragedy, from the early days of exploration and settlement to more recent times. Drawing her tales from historical records, local lore and first-person accounts, professional storyteller Susanna Holstein creates an engaging narrative that weaves stories and ballads into a folklorist’s perspective of river history.

Susanna Holstein Bio

Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein develops her stories from folklore, history, and personal narratives. She began telling stories professionally in 1995 and has performed and presented workshops from Boston, Massachusetts to Bellingham, Washington. In 2000 she was a Featured Regional Teller at the National Storytelling Conference.

Although her focus is on Appalachian culture and her British heritage, Holstein’s repertoire includes original versions of world folktales, family stories and participation stories. Her adult and family programs often include Appalachian and British ballads sung in the traditional unaccompanied style, and songs with opportunities for audience sing-along. Performances for children are lively, interactive and frequently include the use of puppets, props, movement activities and songs.

Holstein is a graduate of West Virginia State College and holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Library and Information Science. Her 20-year library career included work as a children’s librarian, branch librarian, Branch Services Manager, and Facilities and Security Manager/ADA Coordinator for Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, WV.

Former WV State Liaison to the National Storytelling Network and founding member of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, Holstein is also a published writer. She has conducted writing workshops for the WV Writers Conference, Moundsville Public Library, Mercer County High School Writing Camp and others, and is frequently invited to speak to book groups and other organizations about her writing and storytelling interests. She initiated two young writers’ groups, and an annual writing contest in her home county. She maintains an active daily blog, Granny Sue’s News and Reviews, a poetry blog Mountain Poet, and writes for the regional publication, Two-Lane Livin’. She was selected as a West Virginia History Hero in 2015, and received the WV Storytelling Guild’s McWhorter Award for Service to Storytelling for 2014.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.