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Stories from the Heart


All along the river, from the front porches of Hannibal to the neighborhoods of St. Louis to the cotton fields of the Bootheel and west to Kansas City, stories are being told.
This collection of family stories and traditional tales brings to print down-home stories about all walks of African American life. Passed down from grandparents and great-grandparents, they have been lovingly gathered by Gladys Caines Coggswell as she visited Missouri communities and participated in storytelling events over the last two decades. These stories bring to life characters with uncommon courage, strength, will, and wit as they offer insight into African American experiences throughout the state’s history.
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A True Story (DVD)

A True Story (DVD)
Sam & Livy Clemens and their children spent summers at Quarry Farm in Elmira, New York. Quarry Farm was the home of Theodore and Susan Crane (Livy’s sister), and this is where Clemens wrote many of his greatest works before returning to the family’s mansion in Hartford, CT. One summer evening, Mary Ann Cord, a servant at Quarry Farm, joined the family on the porch as was the custom. At the sight of her smiling face, Mr. Clemens asked, “…how is it that you’ve lived sixty years and never had any trouble?” “Auntie Cord” responded, and Clemens put her story to paper. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum engaged Gladys Coggswell, a nationally known storyteller and Missouri native, to interpret the role of “Aunt Rachel” for this personal recollection of a family torn apart at the slave auction. Coggswell’s convincing portrayal of the former slave will enrapture audiences.” — Candace Smith
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