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Heart & Soul Free Talk: How Stories Lead to Action the Community Supports – Feb. 23 @ 3PM EST
February 23 @ 3:00 am - 4:00 pm
Part of the power of story gathering is that stories can lead to action.
Sometimes one individual’s story uncovers a discovery, as happened in Pennsylvania with an 1870s African-American church. Or stories can point to broad support for a place or project, such as a historic theater in Colorado. Either way, the community immediately rallies and action happens.
Three speakers share how storytelling enriches a community and leads to positive change.
– Mimi Iijima is the Director of Programs and Special Projects for Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Mimi has seen how story gathering and listening has strengthened towns participating in Community Heart & Soul projects in the Keystone state.
– Dani Smith is the great-great-granddaughter of a Civil War soldier who served in the U.S. Colored Troops. Story gathering by the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project led to the discovery of an African-American church and cemetery, where Dani’s family located their ancestor. Her family has since been instrumental in the early steps of preservation of the site.
– Elaine Brett is a resident of the North Fork Valley in Colorado. She played a key role in creating the nonprofit that bought and renovated the town’s historic Paradise Theatre. Story gathering during the region’s Community Heart & Soul project showed broad support for the downtown gem, a fact reinforced by the local financial support the theater restoration received.
Heart & Soul Talks: Stories to Action—How Listening Can Lead to Change, Thursday, Feb. 23, 3-4 p.m. Eastern.