While I have done parts of my "Threads of History's Lore" Program over the last couple of years today was the first time it has been fully presented.
Nor could I ask for a more perfect setting to offer an hour presentation of folklore from some of the many cultures that settled in, and around, Springfield. I was offered a lovely parlor at the Springfield Art Association's Edward's Place (http://www.springfieldart.org/).
And even though the temperatures had been brutal the last few days, and were only slightly better today, there was a moderate audience.
For this particular program I focused on two parts of the immigrations: the settlers coming over from Eastern and Southern states during the early part of the 19th century; this I followed with tales and history from the English, the Irish, the Scottish, the French, and the German. Some of the tales I offered were such as: "Jack and the Gower," (US tradition); "The Three Sillies" (English); "Michael and the Friendly Leprechaun" (Irish); "Tamlin" (Scottish); "The Queen and the Frog" (German); and "The White Cat" (French).
Along with the tales I spoke of why the stories would have been important to these varied wanders - how, when faced with the great unknown, that faith, music, and stories were really all the had left.
And to my joy and delight the program, this labor of many years' love, was well-received.
I am a Springfield, IL based storyteller with a fascination for how folklore travels, and for history.