Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host Storyteller Laureate, Karen Pillsworth on Saturday, September 9 at 6pm as part of the 2023 Not Just for Kids Storytelling series.
This program will be held outside the Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter.
This storyteller asks, “What’s in your basket?”
All of us go through life “collecting” our own stories and stories we love! Come hear Kingston, NY’S Storyteller Laureate, Karen Pillsworth, as she shares stories from her basket. There will be stories of hope and love, stories to make you laugh and cry, and just maybe, stories that will help you discover the stories within yourself.
Karen Sangaline Pillsworth has been sharing her stories with young and old alike for over 35 years. Her stories have taken her from Newfoundland, Canada to Sydney, Australia, and lots of places in between. Whether she is telling on a stage floating on a lake in a cave, or at the top of a mountain, Karen delights her audience with folktales, historic tales, and personal stories. In 2002 she was named Storyteller Laureate of Kingston, NY in perpetuity. Returning to “school” in 2021 she received her Story Practitioner’s Certification from the Storytelling Schools of London.
No matter where she roams to share her stories, Karen’s favorite place to tell is in her own hometown and her favorite words to hear… “That’s Karen, she’s OUR storyteller”!
This is an outdoor event, though weather may send us inside. We ask that you dress for the conditions, bug spray and sunblock are encouraged. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as seating may be limited.
All Not Just for Kids Storytelling events are free and open to the public. The next performance date is Sunday, October 15th at 6pm with Dee and Frank Wind.
About the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century’s greatest commercial and engineering projects. The Visitor Center exhibit traces the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State and the nation.
Within the site’s boundaries are many structures dating from the three eras of the canal’s development. At the eastern end of the site is the Putnam Lock Stand at Yankee Hill that houses an exhibit on Erie Canal stores. The site’s largest structure is the remains of the Schoharie Aqueduct, which carried the water of the Enlarged Erie Canal over the Schoharie Creek.
Schoharie Crossing is also the location of 18th century Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk village. See artifacts from that portion of our history on display at the Visitor Center.