The WSU Storytelling Festival Oral History Collection

The 25th WSU Storytelling Festival Oral History Collection

The WSU Storytelling Festival was implemented by the Friends of the Stewart Library in 1992. The library sponsored and managed the annual festival until 1998, when the festival was moved to the Department of Teacher Education, with the Library continuing as a sponsor. The three-day festival entails storytellers from all over the nation, including youth storytellers. The events are made up of workshops and presentations, a fund-raising banquet, and a wrap-up of wonderful stories from gifted performers.

This interesting collection includes oral history interviews with visiting storytellers, discussing how they became interested in storytelling and where they receive their inspiration.

The following is an oral history interview with Karl Behling, conducted on March 18, 2021, by Michael Thompson, via Zoom. Karl discusses his life, his experiences during his storytelling career, and his memories of the Weber State Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Simon Brooks, conducted on March 18, 2021, via Zoom Communications Platform, by Michael Thompson. Simon discusses his life, his storytelling career, and his experiences as a professional storyteller during the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Annie Eastmond, conducted on March 18, 2021, by Kandice Harris, via Zoom. Annie discusses her life, her experiences during her storytelling career, and her memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Ann Ellis, conducted on March 19, 2021, by Kandice Harris, via Zoom. Ann discusses her life, her career as a storyteller, and her memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Alan Griffin, conducted on March 22, 2021, by Marina Kenner, via Zoom. Alan discusses his life, his career as a storyteller, and his memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Rachel Hedman, conducted on March 17, 2021, by Kandice Harris, via Zoom. Rachel discusses her life, her career as a storyteller, and her memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Karla Huntsman, conducted on March 23, 2021, by Michael Thompson, via Zoom. In this interview, Karla discusses her life, her experiences during her storytelling career, and her memories of the Weber State Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Motoko, conducted on March 21, 2021, by Michael Thompson, via Zoom. Motoko discusses her life, her career as a storyteller, and her memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Sam Payne, conducted on March 18, 2021, by Kandice Harris, via Zoom. Sam discusses his life, his career as a storyteller, and his memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.

The following is an oral history interview with Ed Stivender conducted on March 18, 2021, via Zoom, by Kandice Harris. Ed discusses his life, his experiences during his storytelling career, and his memories of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.