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Everyone has a story

Stories have connected people for generations. It is through these stories that history is shared and communities are developed.

A special short course series titled "Everyone Has a Story," is being offered to engage area residents to discover these stories and the history shared.

Ten sessions will be offered from September 26 through November 8. During those sessions, visiting scholars, authors and artists will share insights on how story and the immigrant experience - past and present - are represented in literature, film and arts.

Following is a brief description of the 10 sessions:

Monday, September 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: History Tells Story - Story Tells History - learning to open our eyes and ears to what we read, see and experience - by Dr. Odell Bjerkness, author and professor emeritus, Concordia College Language Village.

Thursday, September 29, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Perspective on Settlement and Immigration in Douglas County by Rachel Barduson, director of the Douglas County Historical Society.

Monday, October 3, 4 to 7 p.m.: Immigrant Story in Film: House of Angels film and discussion by Stephen Benson, director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Thursday, October 6, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Storytelling Traditions - learn the history of story and storytelling - by Paulette Friday, certified storyteller.

Sunday, October 9, 1 to 5:30 p.m.: Storytelling with Collage: A Workshop - use techniques of collage to capture personal stories - by Lucy Rose Fischer, artist and author.

Sunday, October 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Life is a Work of Art - a personal story - by Lucy Rose Fischer, artist/author.

Monday, October 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Write Your Own Story: Narrative Poem by David Bengtson, English teacher and author.

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: For the Children, a Writer's Perspective - a personal story of writing historical fiction by Candace Simar, author.

Monday, October 24, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Her Stories: Women's Roles in the Development of Douglas County - a reader's theater performance and discussion by members of the American Association of University Women.

Tuesday, November 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Celebrate: Wine, Tapas and Performance of Story and Music - local writers perform poems amid music of local musicians, hosted by David Bengtson, writer/performer.

Refreshments and conversation will follow each session.

This series is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Humanities

Commission and collaboration of Alexandria Community Education, Douglas County Historical Society, Alexandria Cultural Inclusiveness Committee, Diversity Resource Action Alliance, Alexandria Branch of American Association of University Women and Friends of the Library.

For detailed session descriptions or to register, visit the website or call (320) 762-3310.