Spring break brings Tall Tales, crafts, games to Historical Building

For immediate release March 9, 2006

 

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(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 information.

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 demonstrations.

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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