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Presentation Explores Folktales from Around the World

Priscilla Howe, a Lawrence, Kan.-based storyteller, has performed all over the world, and thanks to the Humanities Kansas program will come to the HIVE Library in Pleasanton on June 10. ( /Tony Peterson)

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PLEASANTONThe HIVE Library in Pleasanton will host “Tricksters and Wise Women: How Stories Travel the World,” a presentation and discussion by Priscilla Howe on June 10 at 6 p.m. at the library, located at 752 Main Street. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the HIVE Library at 913-352-8554 for more information. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

This event follows a special program for children on June 10 at 2 p.m. when Priscilla Howe presents: Campfire Tales for Adventurous Listeners.

Folktales reveal what we value, what makes us laugh, what makes us cry, and what we hope to be. There are many versions of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, each representing the culture and place of the people who tell them. At their core, folktales tell life lessons and present the role tricksters and wise women often played. This talk will uncover the differences between myth, legend, tall tale, and folktale, and explore differences between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. 

Priscilla Howe is a professional storyteller, author, and a 2015 Fulbright Senior Scholar. A former children’s librarian, Howe moved to Lawrence in 1993 and became a global storyteller who has shared stories on 4 different continents.

“Tricksters and Wise Women: How Stories Travel the World” is part of Humanities Kansas's Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For more information about “Tricksters and Wise Women: How Stories Travel the World” in Pleasanton contact the HIVE Library at 913-352-8554 or visit us in person, Monday thru Friday between 10 am and 5 pm.

About Humanities Kansas 

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit leading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit

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