Western Folklife Center Presents Workshop on Story & Community

Contact: Darcy Minter
Western Folklife Center

Western Folklife Center Presents Community Story Workshop in Arlee
Western Author Teresa Jordan will Facilitate Free Gathering

Arlee - The Western Folklife Center will host a community story workshop in Arlee, Montana, August 23, 2008, at The Biscuit cafe, 92492 Highway 93. Members of the greater Arlee community and interested public are invited to gather for coffee and sweet rolls at 7:00 am; the workshop will take place from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The workshop is free and open to all. For more information contact Carol Sue Mapston at 406-726-3396 or the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508. This community story workshop is part of the Western Folklife Center's Making West Home program, a series of workshops that bring westerners together to encourage and document their stories and traditions. Arlee is a rural and ranching community located in the Flathead Valley 26 miles north of Missoula.

Over coffee and cinnamon rolls, participants will swap memories and tall tales with their neighbors and help create a lasting record of the Arlee community. The conversation will be facilitated by Teresa Jordan, providing a fun and easy atmosphere for sharing. Teresa is the author of several books that preserve family and community stories, including Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album and Cowgirls: Women of the American West. The conversation will also be recorded; participants and the local museum will receive an edited recording of the conversation for its collections.

Participants in the workshop will consider the following questions: What binds old and new neighbors into something we call community? What do you want to pass on to your children and the world about who you are, where you come from, and what it means to make Montana home? In short, what are your favorite stories that come up at family dinners or over coffee at The Biscuit, or your favorite gathering place?

Workshop participants will gather again in Missoula on Sunday for a beer and lemonade reception following the Western Folklife Center's Snake River Outlaws CD launch concert at the River City Roots Festival. The reception will be held at the Missoula Art Museum from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Western swing band Wylie & The Wild West will play music and Martha Jane Newby will teach the basics of 1950s western dancing from 3:30 to 4:00 pm.

The Western Folklife Center's Making West Home program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, MetLife Foundation, Wallace Foundation and community partners.

The Western Folklife Center is a regional nonprofit organization based in Elko, Nevada, most known for its annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.