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Milligan Hosts the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild

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Jonesborough Storytellers Guild member Gary Varner tells stories at least year’s event at Milligan.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Sept. 2, 2016) – Milligan College will host the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, a local group of professional storytellers, on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in college’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults with sales funding activities and material for Milligan’s storytelling class.

Seven of the guild’s members will be present:

  • Jerry Meulver’s stories focus primarily on personal tales, as well as family and folk stories.
  • Pam Miller has a variety of experience from which to develop stories, including her experience in education.
  • Sherill Miller likes telling multicultural and personally-crafted stories of characters from her life and from her own family’s background in West Virginia and Northern Arizona.
  • Bob Phillips creates and tells his own stories from the mountains. He has been telling stories professionally since 1994.
  • Linda Poland has created award-winning historical storytelling tour programs and directed Tennessee Humanities oral history projects throughout Tennessee and beyond. She was officially honored in 1997 with the title of resident storyteller for Jonesborough.
  • Jeff Stratton is the president of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and enjoys telling personal stories.
  • Gary Varner tells stories about Appalachia, his personal life and shares historical tales as well. For this show, Varner will be telling a story about returning from Vietnam.

“The goal of storytelling is to keep our history alive and share it with the community,” said Dr. Bruce Montgomery, professor of communications at Milligan, who also is a member of the guild and organized this event. “We are blessed to have the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild returning to Milligan and sharing their professionally structured and delivered stories.”

To learn about the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, visit www.storytellersguild.org.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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