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Durham Museum presents “Anansi The Spider Stories” in Celebration of Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, The Durham Museum is proud to present “Anansi The Spider Stories”, with Bobby Norfolk, as our Scholar in Residence for the month of February. This year’s program will again be offered virtually. The program is being offered February 16 and 17 for schools and is recommended for students in 1st-5th grade, but all ages are welcome. A virtual public program will take place on Wednesday, February 16 from Noon-1PM.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Registration is available online or by calling 402-444-5071. Once you have completed your registration, you will be emailed a link to access the program.

“Anansi The Spider Stories” will be presented to area students as part of The Durham Museum’s Scholars in Residence Program. The Durham Scholars in Residence initiative is an educational outreach program developed to promote academic enrichment in area schools and community organizations for all age levels. The Durham Scholars in Residence program provides support to curriculum as well as current topics of local and national interest. The Scholars in Residence Education Series is sponsored by the Sunny Durham Family Foundation, Carol Gendler, The Holland Foundation, Susan Beeghly and the A. Cydog Charitable Trust.

Anansi The Spider Stories
With Bobby Norfolk
Anansi is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore, often considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. Tricksters such as Anansi the Spider are used in African stories to pass on cultural values and traditions by humorously showing how problems are created and solved. Bobby’s stories are ideal for audiences of all ages, and are a combination of adventure, comedy and drama. These Anansi tales teach timeless values, helping to enhance cultural awareness and develop positive character traits.

Bobby Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller, teaching artist and author from St. Louis, Missouri. He has been performing throughout the United States and worldwide for over 40 years. Bobby served as a National Park Ranger for 10 years at the Gateway Arch presenting living history programs. Today, he is well known for his high energy performances, lively animation and unique sound effects. His prior CBS children’s TV show “Gator Tales” won 3 Emmy Awards. He also has 8 published storytelling CDs, including many National Parent’s Choice Gold Award winners. As an author, he has written several books for children and adults. Bobby was also honored with the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award presented by The National Storytelling Network. Recently, faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis voted to honor Bobby Norfolk the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. He also gave the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony this past May. People describe Bobby’s presentation style as an adventure story come to life!