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September 9, 2012

Clay Historical Society hosts storyteller

TERRE HAUTE — The Clay County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the lower level of the museum. The guest speaker will be Sally Weatherston, a Vigo County Public Library storyteller. She will present “Women of the Wabash and the “Battle of Fort Harrison.”

The performance is a compilation of stories about the women who lived in and around the fort from 1810 to 1812.

“We pieced together every story and story fragment we could find in the letters and history books,” Weatherston said. “We stitched them together like you would stitch a precious quilt. Each woman’s small anecdotal story wouldn’t stand alone, but when told together they give us a glimpse of life and landscape that is both interesting and enlightening.”

Weatherston was born in the Wabash Valley and grew up in a family where stories and legends were a part of everyday life. She and husband Doug attended Indiana State University and following graduation went west. For six years, they traveled the western states, writing and performing for children in every venue. As their family grew, storytelling became a passionate hobby and a much utilized component of their professional lives.

Thirty years later, family responsibilities called them back to the Valley and the old stories happily created a bridge across “generation and memory” gaps. People became interested in the local stories of history and mystery, so Weatherston as a storyteller re-emerged at the Vigo County Public Library. For the past seven years she has been adapting local history, local haunted tales and adult literature into narrative for both children and adults.

The public is invited.

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