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Storytellers Katie Green and Bob Reiser have developed a program that celebrates heroes, heroines, scoundrels, and the everyday folk who worked and traveled on America's railroads. This program Hear that Whistle Blow: America's Fabled Railroad Years in Story and Song appeals to any and all who are interested in trains. It is excellent entertainment for any railroad enthusiast. Presented at the Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition in 2010, the show includes vaudeville skits, tall tales, and personal memories. It promises to delight historical societies, senior citizens and intergenerational audiences.

Grab your hat and join storytellers Katie Green and Bob Reiser for a ride down memory lane! ALLLLLLLLLLLLL Aboard!!!

Click the icon to the left to hear a telling of the story "The Pullman"

"These stories took me back in time. Bob and Katie are wonderful storytellers."      Marge P., audience member, Beaman Public Library, West Boylston, MA.

"It was a great program. The residents loved it and were totally involved. We talked about the stories and our own train rides for weeks afterwards. It was fantastic."      J. Johnston, Program Director, Briarwood Retirement Community, Worcester, MA

"Fantastic! I loved the stories and here's a story for you. It's about my ride in a caboose."      Mary C., Resident at Linda Manor, Leeds, MA

"Wow. I really liked that story about the fog. I want to hear it again."      Cadence C., (age 6) audience member, Worcester Tellabration.

"The kids were excited to hear the story about John Henry. Now they can compare the two versions they know."     - Grade 5 teacher, Worcester Arts Magnet School.

Katie's one person show about a Puritan woman's eleven week captivity during King Philip's War., continues to be a hit with historical societies and senior citizen groups. Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) was a Puritan woman from Lancaster, MA. Her narrative, originally published as The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, was one of the first best-sellers in American literature, and has never been out of print. Her story invites us to explore and discuss such topics as Colonial life and Puritan beliefs, the causes and results of King Philip's War, as well as prejudice, theocracy, racism, sexism, and the seeds of war. This story is especially relevant today. "People should study early U.S history," says Noam Chomsky. "Especially King Philip's war, because it set the tone for future U.S. policies, both nationally and internationally."

A resource guide for further study of Colonial America and events leading to King Philip's War will be available in late spring, 2012. Katie received funding to create this guide from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"Thank you for your truly Great presentation of "Meet Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" on January 9th, 2011 here at the Sudbury Town Hall for us. As Sudbury was the pivotal battle as the King Philip War (1675-1676), our members & guests know the history, but it has never been presented to them as you dramatically did!
As it was an overflow crowd, I was stuck in back, and did not see the Audience's faces till I went forward at the end, to grab the mike, and address the audience as to whether they had any Questions for you. I was shocked, they were wide awake and their eyes looked like deers in your headlights! They loved it, you totally captivated them. Thanks!"

     Lee Ford Swanson, curator.Sudbury Historical Society

"Seventy-five were wowed by Katie Green's performance at the Leominster Public Library. Katie held the room spellbound for one hour. In character as Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, she painted a vivid portrait of Mary's ordeal; her fear, confusion and exhaustion were palpable. ... Katie was very generous and gracious with her time afterwards and gave the audience plenty of time to ask questions. What a remarkable performance!"
     Diane M. Sanabria, Vice-President, Leominster Historical Society

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Bridging Differences ~ Building Community A Storytelling Residency

The stories we hear and tell shape the way we define and experience our world.
         - Katie Green

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
         - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The classroom is an excellent setting to learn problem solving and conflict resolution strategies.

Research and common sense recognize the importance of storytelling in the curriculum. Storytelling not only enhances literacy, it is also an essential tool for facilitating empathy and resolving conflicts. Some programs refer to "bullying", but this program allows students to talk about the same issues through story.

Students generalize, apply and talk about personal experiences through carefully constructed exercises that allow each student's voice to be heard in a non-threatening, safe environment. A shared vocabulary about conflict is introduced and applied to stories as students learn to identify and resolve escalation and de-escalation points. By the end of this 4 to 6 week residency program, prompts are given to students to facilitate storytelling during a Story Circle, where issues of conflict, stereotyping, oppression can be effectively discussed.

Many teachers find that continuing the process of Story Circles is effectively incorporated into the classroom long after the residency is finished. This school residency program will assist classroom teachers in addressing difficult situations. An appreciation of diversity in a setting where each person is valued builds respect and healthy relationships.

"Katie Green's conflict resolution workshops complimented our educational objectives, provided a way for students to talk about misunderstandings, and encouraged written language products. The students and teachers at Belmont Community School welcomed her presence in the classrooms."
     John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

Museum of Russian Icons' Family Day

In December, 2011, Katie Green performed at the Museum of Russian Icons' Family Day. This was her third appearance at this world-class museum, located in Clinton, Massachusetts. The Museum of Russian Icons was started by Gordon Lankton in 2006. If you haven't been there yet, it is definitely worth the drive. The icons are astonishing, the museum hosts a variety of fine programs, and the gift shop is interesting.

More information about this dynamic man, Gordon Lankton, is available in the magazine, Vitality, vol 25. http://www.thevitalitymag.com/gordon-b-lankton-from-industry-to-russian-icons

Storytelling at First Night Worcester
December 31, 2011

May Street School students shared folktales with a full house at the Worcester Art Museum at First Night Worcester. These talented middle schoolers participated in an after-school program that evolved from a STARS Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council the previous school year. Student storytellers named their club The May Street Story Magic Makers, and they shared their stories in their classrooms, at a PTO sponsored pot-luck, at Briarwood Retirement Community, and on WCCA TV, Worcester's cable access station. They dazzled listeners at Worcester First Night this year!

Worcester First Night also held a workshop with storyteller Norah Dooley to teach people how to develop and tell a good 3 minute personal story. The theme was Neighbors, and who doesn't have a story about a neighbor?!! Several people stood up and told a story for the first time in their lives. Everyone who told a story left the Storyslam with a "prize". Everyone present left the Storyslam with an increased sense of Belonging, of being part of a community. Personally, my heart smiled when my 7 year old granddaughter, Zika, stood up and told a story about creating a lemonade stand with her two boy-neighbors. Norah presented Zika with a Dunkin'Donuts certificate for telling the "sweetest story."

Worcester First Night's Storyslam was hosted by Norah Dooley, Katie Green, and Domingo Guyton. (Norah is actually as tall as Mingo, but she crouched down so Katie would not feel so short.

Watch for upcoming Storyslams in Worcester funded by Worcester Cultural Council!!!!