A Storytelling Slam

Carl Sandburg Home NHS will host a community storytelling slam on
Carl Sandburg’s Birthday, Monday, January 6, 2020.

Storytellers from across the region will share true five-minute stories with a live audience at Henderson County Library Main Branch – Kaplan Auditorium from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The event is free and open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

Storytellers are invited to share a true five-minute story reflecting the theme of “movement.”  Stories can reflect the theme, like movement from place to place, movement of nature and seasons, or movement that causes change in ideas and policy. Storytellers should arrive by 4:30 pm to register. Names will be placed in a hat at check-in and picked randomly to determine order, for up to 12 storytellers.

A panel of judges will rate the stories, with first place awarded $100, second place $75, and third place, $50. Stories are to be family-friendly and respectful. All storytellers will receive a small thank you gift for participating. Park staff will MC the event and share brief stories from Sandburg’s life.

The audience will enjoy listening to true stories of “movement.”  There will be laughter, tears, and a sense of relating to the very personal experiences of the storytellers.

“Carl Sandburg traveled across the country, worked with people from all walks of life, and learned from their perspectives. His genuine interest and care for others is what made him such a strong voice for the people. This storytelling event, featuring everyday people, is a powerful way to celebrate his birthday and legacy,” said park Superintendent Polly Angelakis.

Support for the Slam is provided by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, the park’s fundraising partner, and Eastern National, the non-profit partner that operates the park store.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service.  The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.  Weekdays are less busy than weekends. For parking options, visit www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/parking.htm

Sandburg Home tours can now be reserved in advance at recreation.gov.  For further information please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit our website at:


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