come from an ancient oral tradition and Linda has collected
stories from all over the world to share with her audiences
so that this tradition can continue to flourish. Below are
some of the programs she offers. Linda will tailor a program
to meet your needs.
FOLKTALE PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS
Below are some examples of the many programs available for
schools and libraries.
Animal Tales for the Young
Various multicultural folktales and fables using puppets
and simple musical instruments
Stories of Asia
various cultural programs of folktales from many countries
in Asia such as Bhutan, India, Indonesia, China and many
other places. All are enjoyable stories and suitable for
Ghost Story Programs
Stories of ghosts (some not so scary) and mysterious creatures
sure to send a tingle down your spine.
The Nature of Cats
Cats - in all sizes- have captured our hearts and imaginations
since the Egyptian civilization. The Victorians adored
them and we still do today. Yet these loving, and loyal
creatures have been much misunderstood and maligned. Come
and take a somewhat whimsical look at the nature of cats
through folktale, poem and personal anecdote. You will
find out why cats catch mice and dogs chase cats and how
resourceful they can be - even learning to ski when necessary!
A lively and fun program for the whole family.
Nature and Wildlife Stories
Stories that show the wonder of the world around us and
help explain why things are the way they are.
From Around the World
A potpourri of multicultural folktales from around the
world, some classic tales, some whimsical stories but
all certain to educate and entertain. Suitable for all
Resources Available For Sale
Original stories available in the following books:
“Chile Today, Hot Tamale and Other Tummy Tales”
“Ole! Posole!, and Other Tummy Tales”
Linda offers a number of costumed living history programs.
Among them are:
Homesteading the West - The Tale of Lavinia Morgan Anderson
Lavinia Morgan Anderson is a composite character of a pioneer woman living on a ranch in Colorado in the late 1880s as she remembers how she emigrated west in a covered wagon in the 1860s as a child and grew up in Kansas before settling in Colorado with her husband after staking a claim under the Homestead Act. While Lavinia did not actually exist, her life did exist as well as that of thousands of other women who made similar journeys. This story is drawn from snippets of many diaries the women kept telling of their challenges, privations, fears and triumphs. They record the woman's side of pioneer life. Come and learn about these adventures and more through this thrilling living history program.
The Life And Times Of Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, best known for writing the children's novel "Little Women" in 1868, came from an unconventional victorian family and led an independent and unusual life. She was not only a prolific writer of children's books, but also of dark thrillers and serious adult novels. She served as a nurse in the Civil War and was active in the abolition movement as well as other social issues such as the women's suffrage movement. Among her friends and neighbors in Concord, MA were Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. All of these things, as well as her love and dedication to her family and her passion for writing, were factors which led her to write "Little Women" Come and meet Louisa May Alcott and learn more about this fascinating woman and her life.
The Story of Doc Susie
Dr. Susan Anderson or "Doc Susie" as she was
called was the first woman doctor in Fraser, CO. She arrived
there in 1907 and practiced medicine until 1956. The story
tells of Doc Susie's life, of how she became a doctor
and moved to the Fraser valley and set up her practice.
It tells of her struggles, challenges and triumphs in
treating the lumberjacks, ranchers and railroaders of
the area over the many years. It also tells of the many
changes she saw over the years, like the building of the
Moffat Tunnel. When she first arrived the men scoffed
at her because she was a woman doctor but after awhile
they would say "Call Doc Susie; she'll come if she
has to walk!"
Isabella Bird’s Visit to Colorado
Isabella Bird was a traveler and a writer with a wonderful
ability to describe her surroundings in great detail so
that one feels as if they were there. Come hear about
Isabella’s lively adventures on her first trip to
Estes Park in 1873 and of her arduous climb of Longs Peak
(she was the third woman ever to climb Longs Peak) as
well as of her romance with the rogue, Rocky Mountain
Jim. She was dazzled by the Rocky Mountains and enthralled
by the “blue hollow at the foot of Longs Peak”
– Estes Park - which is written about in her book
“A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.”
Meet Martha Maxwell – Pioneer Naturalist
Nicknamed the “Colorado huntress” in the mid-nineteenth
century, Martha Maxwell was Colorado’s first taxidermist.
This shy, petite woman made a major impact on natural
history as we know it today. Storyteller Linda Batlin
presents a lively one-woman program of how this woman’s
love of animals and the natural world along with her artistic
abilities led her to create displays we now call dioramas,
establish a natural history museum in Boulder, CO immortalizing
animals, and represent Colorado at the 1876 Centennial
Exposition. She is credited with discovering a new species
of owl, the Rocky Mountain screech owl.
Meet Mary Rippon
Mary Rippon was the University of Colorado's first woman
professor. She started teaching at CU in 1878 and taught
for over 30 years. She led a quiet, scholarly life and
was highly respected as a role model to her students.
But she kept her scandalous private life a secret. To
keep her career she had to hide the fact that she had
a husband and a child - a secret she took to her grave.
The story is a fascinating look at her struggle of excelling
in the male world of academia, while secretly supporting
her family whom she had to keep at a distance.
Fun and Educational Programs
of Travels to Far Away Places –
Some of the Available Ones Are:
Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon
- Hear about Bhutan, a small kingdom tucked away in the
Himalaya, where I visited in October 2001 and discover
a magical world of mountains and monasteries, where traditional,
serene ways co exist with modern life. Trek along with
me through this kingdom, and hear folktales of yaks and
yetis and other creatures.
Mongolia – In Search of Argali
land of Genghis Khan, from the point of view of being
a research volunteer on a project to track and gather
data on Argali, the largest wild sheep in the world. But
there was so much more walking across the Mongolian steppe
looking for argali and discovering the nomadic Mongolians
with their warm hospitality and finding horses, hedgehogs,
bats, vultures, Ibex and yes – Argali! The Mongolians
have a cultural heritage rich in wonderful folktales several
of which will be woven into the personal experiences.
A World of Mountain Tales
The mountains are filled with stories and folklore whether
you are in the Rockies, the Alps or the Himalaya. You just
need to listen for the stories and they will find you. They
will tell you about the small folk, the spirits who live
in the mountains like the Toggeli of Switzerland or the
Tommyknockers of Cornwall. They will tell you about the
big folk like the Yeti who roam the high valleys of the
Himalaya, and they will tell you much more. Come sit, listen
and discover a world of mountain tales.
Beginning Storytelling Workshop
Basic Crafting Your Own Story – for schools
Historic Characters and Oral History