Story telling has become so popular that there’s now a weekly radio show featuring stories - The Moth Radio Hour is on WOSU-FM from 2 to 3 p.m. each Saturday afternoon. The stories, told by amateurs, can be humorous, poignant or just plain informative; but the popularity of The Moth — 200 stations have signed on since its 2009 debut — proves that folks love to listen to a well-told story that says something about the world we live in and the people we share that world with.
Now, thanks to members of the Galena Historic Foundation, area residents will have their own venue to share stories. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, the Galena Historic Foundation will host a Story Telling for the Preservation of Our Village event at the Galena Village Hall, (the old Galena United Methodist Church building).
Anyone with a Galena Story is invited to attend and share their story, and best of all, the event is open to members of the public who are interested in learning more about local history and the folks who settled the Galena area and developed it into the village it is today.
According to a Galena Historic Foundation handout, stories existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. From cave painting to novels to movies, stories have always fascinated mankind. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life.
“Storytellers began to arise as very important figures in a community,” the handout continues. “The ability to tell stories effectively and memorably was a very valuable skill. As wars were fought and valiant deeds were done, people needed some way to remember them. Instead of simply stating what happened, stories began to emerge as a way to preserve the raw emotions and sequence of events of the actual event.
“People witnessed events, heard the stories and kept them alive through word of mouth. They told their friends, families and communities about the events, and a chain was formed, one link, one storyteller, at a time.
“History is nothing but a series of stories that, when told correctly, can teach us lessons, give us insights into a variety of concepts, or entertain us. Every story serves a purpose, even if to simply relay a message. Without history, without chronicled stories, mankind would never learn from his mistakes, would never dream to emulate past heroes, would never see anything but the now. We would be clueless to the past, and therefore helpless for the future.
“A story helps to illustrate a point better than a set of facts. A story gives people a reason to care about what you’re saying. They relate to the characters, the plot and the lessons learned. They relate to your story, and therefore your message.”
So, what’s your story?
Attend the Saturday, March 1, Galena Historic Foundation Story Time and share your story. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.
For additional information contact Galena Historic Foundation President John Bland at 740-965-2081, or email Bland at < firstname.lastname@example.org >.