Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515)
(DES MOINES) –
Children of all ages are invited to spend spring break with Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan
and other great mythical heroes who will come to life in Tall Tales March
21-23 at the State Historical Building.
Tall Tales is a play about how the American character has been and
is still shaped by legends and stories told about heroes. Shows are at 10 a.m.
and 1 p.m., March 21-23 at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street
in the heart of Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Tickets are $5 per person
and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the Iowa Museum Store
in the Historical Building at 515-283-1757. Please contact Maureen Korte at 515-281-4132
or Maureen.Korte@iowa.gov for more
Written by renowned playwright, Cynthia Mercati, Tall Tales features
Tom Milligan, John Robinson, Kortney Horner, Mary Bricker and Richard Maynard.
The show was originally commissioned and produced by the Des Moines Playhouse
in 1994 and won the annual Pioneer Drama award for playwrighting.
“Watching the show, children will learn American history in an entertaining
way,” Mercati said. “They will be transported to America’s past
through the excitement and energy of storytelling. The show presents a number
of opportunities for intergenerational learning because parents and children can
actually write a tall tale together, research a tall tale or mythic American hero
not in the show, read a tall tale together or create a tall tale about someone
in their family or someone currently on the American scene.”
In addition to the Tall Tales shows, the Historical Building will
offer crafts, coloring and games for children 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 20-24, and
the Embroiderer's Guild of America, Inc., Valley Junction Chapter will present
Children and adults are asked to bring a gently used book to donate to the
Historical Museum’s book barn project. Books will be distributed to shelters
and needy organizations by Junior League of Des Moines.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical
legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records,
collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources.
Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts
and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports
historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.
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