Who I am (also useful as publicity information if you hire me for a gig):
Kim Sheahan Sanford has been a central Illinois educator since 1991, incorporating oral traditions into her multicultural programs at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, from which she retired in 2023. She added freelance storytelling to her performances about 2001 and has performed folktales and one-woman shows at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and gatherings of all kinds ever since. Her enthusiasm is both unmistakable and contagious. Let her share the joy and power of the tale with you.
Storytelling Live Series
To continue reaching the Spurlock Museum's audiences during the COVID pandemic, I began, on April 3, 2020, to offer live concerts on the Museum's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SpurlockMuseum). I ended the series in August of 2022, but each of the sessions is in the Facebook archives under "videos." Need to sit and relax for about 30 minutes or find something new the kids will have fun watching? Pick a session and enjoy.
Just a Few Fond Memories through the Years
Young Authors Conference
The Northlands Storytelling Network counted some of the country's most beloved and influential storytellers among its members. I was chosen to tell at its spring conference a few times and had the privilege to serve on its board, but my first telling in front of these wonderful listeners was truly unforgettable. I told one of my favorite stories, "The Tiger's Whisker." Thank you to everyone for their kind words of support afterward. Special thanks to Karen Wollscheid, the former Northlands executive director, for allowing me to share her review:
"Your wonderful voice and delivery style lets the story be the star, not the person telling it. In my opinion that makes the best kind of storyteller. I hope to hear your stories again very soon!"
What People Say About Kim's Performances