The Storytelling Resource Place (SRP) was founded in 2016 to promote the collecting and preserving of resources related to the art of storytelling as well as to establish a hub where these resources can be available to storytellers, researchers, historians, and academicians from across the country and around the world. The founders recognized the value of having a central facility where the serious storytelling artist and aficionadas of storytelling can have access to storytelling artifacts from the storytelling pioneers and can identify and collect current resources significant to the evolution of storytelling.
While the practice of storytelling is ancient and has been embedded in all cultures as a basis for transmitting values and history, its recognition as a universal art form first gained national attention in the early 1970’s in Jonesborough, Tennessee where our early master storytellers told stories in front of the courthouse to listeners sitting on hay bales . These founding tellers of this great American movement are aging and some are no longer with us. There is an urgent need to ensure that their stories, working documents, audio-visuals, and collateral aides such as instruments, props, and costumes are preserved and made available now as well as for future generations of tellers and listeners.
Already over 4,000 items have been donated to the effort by legends such as Flora Joy and Elizabeth Ellis. These legacy gifts are in the possession of the Washington County Tennessee Library in Jonesborough which is respectfully and securely storing the collection until the Storytelling Resource Place can identify a permanent location. Each year tens of thousands visit Jonesborough because of an interest in storytelling. The location of the SRP in Jonesborough will strengthen the town and provide a location near the roots of a great American art form.
The greatest needs for the SRP are to have active supporters and donors. Leading local community leaders as well as leaders in the storytelling community have already indicated their support and recognition of the need. SRP has been approved for 501(c) 3 status . In order to make the SRP vision a reality, SRP begin fundraising and securing a building suitable for housing the collection.
If you would like to become a member, please fill out the application located on this site and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Storytelling Resource Place, P.O. Box 845, Jonesborough, TN 37659.