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People From the Past Who Made a Difference

Photo of Kate Dudding telling at the Saratoga Springs Public Library Kate Dudding is drawn to giving a voice to people from the past who made a difference - in their community, or in the world. As a Norwegian saying affirms:

"It is the duty of the present
to convey the voices of the past
to the ears of the future."

Whenever Kate creates a story, she tries to make it entertaining, heartwarming and memorable. Kate has been commissioned to create stories from the past several times:

  • The New-York Historical Society asked Kate to create stories for families about John Chapman (1774-1845), the real Johnny Appleseed, and Carlotta, a lady balloonist and inventor who set many flying records in 1880-1891. Stacy Gilinson, Supervisor of Family Programs at the Historical Society, later wrote:

    "The mix of music and storytelling truly brought historical information to life. We had an extremely positive audience response and I especially appreciated the connection you formed with our youngest participants."

  • The Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, in Albany, NY, had Kate tell both historical stories and legends about New York state historic sites. Some of the true stories sounded unreal, and some of the legends sounded real, so Kate had her listeners vote after hearing each tale. Some of the people were fooled all of the time, but a good time was had by all :-)

  • Photo of Harriet Quimby The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, in Schenectady, NY, commissioned Kate to create a story about Harriet Quimby, a New Yorker and the first woman to fly across the English Channel in 1912. While not many people know about Harriet today, she was well known in her own day and a hero to teenaged Amelia Earhart.

  • The Easton Library, in Easton, NY, commissioned storytellers Kate Dudding and Nancy Marie Payne to create a story about the Easton Political Equality Club, a grassroots woman suffrage organization in this farming community at the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s.

photo of cover of Kate Dudding's CD People Who Made a Difference: Volume 1 Kate's first solo CD, Lighting the Way Home: Stories of Lighthouses and Their Keepers, is a Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner of 2007, one of six storytelling CDs to get an award this year. Click hear to read the Parents' Choice review.

A story on Kate's second CD, People Who Made a Difference: Volume 1, won a 2010 Storytelling World Honor Award in the category: Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners.

See Kate's programs for adults for other historical stories.

In addition, each of Kate's e-newsletters contains a story from the past.


Kate Dudding (518) 383-4620
8 Sandalwood Drive kate@katedudding.com
Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700 USA
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