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Storytelling Resource Place announces opening, reception

The Slemons House in Jonesborough will soon be the home of the Storytelling Resource Place with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday, June 23.

From STAFF REPORTS

The theme for the June 23 opening and reception of the Storytelling Resource Place (SRP) will be “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  Guests are invited to bring children or grandchildren. Little girls may want to bring their fairy wings or dress in costumes. 

Storytelling Resource Place President Pam Miller is ready to kick off the SRP grand opening.

“We want people to start thinking of SRP as a magical place where you might see fairy dust and you don’t know what could be around the next corner,” Pam Miller, the president of the SRP, said. “We won’t be doing the play that day, but we will have some good stories and music and tours of the house. We will be offering tea from antique cups along with delicious cookies of all kinds. We will hand out wreaths for as long as they last. We hope for a sunny day so that you can spend time on Kathryn’s Porch (named in honor of Kathryn Tucker Windham) and in the yard.”

Miller and a team of volunteers will be hosting this event on Saturday afternoon, June 23, from 3 until 6 p.m.  The SRP is located in the historic Slemons House in Mill Creek Park in Jonesborough, next to the gazebo. The group moved into this two story building last fall just before the National Storytelling Festival. They have a long-term lease agreement with the Town of Jonesborough.  Immediately after moving in, they got a new roof put on the house and began with other needed repairs.  Miller said they are extremely grateful for the support received from the town as they made repairs. 

The book collection was moved into the house in the spring where thousands of books are housed.  Most of them had been kept at the local library, but some were being stored other places.  The goal for the house is for it to serve as a storytelling museum and research place.  There are plans to have storytelling and workshops scheduled frequently.  SRP applied for and received a 501 (c) 3 non-profit status from the State of Tennessee. 

“Although we are pleased with our progress,” Miller said, “we still have a lot to do and we still need many other items for the house.   We do feel it is time to post our hours and open the house to the public. We hope a lot of folks will come by on June 23 to look the place over and help us celebrate the opening.”

There is limited parking beside the house, but you can park behind the Old Courthouse and walk across Fox Street to the house or perhaps you can park on Fox.