Bringing History & Stories to Life

Living History Performances

Karen brings the past to life with a wide variety of engaging presentations.

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Karen loves searching out new tales to tell, be they classic lore that has stood the test of time or new twists on traditional tales.

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Meet Karen

Learn more about Karen's background and love for all things music and history.

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"You were a smashing hit! You were Mrs. Calvin Adams to us all as we listened!" 

- Lola Lawson, Wesley Homes Retirement Communities

" My students have really enjoyed Karen's visits. She knows how to inhabit a role in a convincing way, tell a story and be historically accurate as she brings a character to life. Her knowledge of details, anecdotes, and regional history is amazing."

- Pat Martin, History Teacher, Auburn High School

" You are quite knowledgeable about this time period and quality living history. Your style was delightful and credible and the audience was comfortable, intrigued, and drawn into your stories."

- Sally Freeman, Park Ranger, Lewis & Clark NHP, Fort Clatsop

"To use an overworked word, you were AWESOME!!!  You had just the right blend of folksy, downhome good old storytelling, and a great rapport with our Kent children.  They all loved it -- and I noticed the parents were just as enthralled as the kids!"

-Laurin Linscott, Children's Librarian, Kent Regional Library

"Karen’s presentation of women of the Northwest frontier not only gave children an immediate and accessible view of history, but generated interest and involvement.  Our  social studies curriculum was greatly enhanced by her direct and engaging connection with our students." 

- Ann Welton, Librarian & Reading teacher, Grant Elementary School

"Whether to begin, brush-up, or get reacquainted with living history, Karen is one of the best!  It is so necessary for people portraying the past to gather, listen, and share stories, techniques and such.  We owe it to those we are portraying, and Karen does it with such passion.  Her research and practice comes across with such flow, but those of us who know, realize that only comes through much practice, research, and passion-thank you Karen!"

-  Tom Wilson, Living History Performer

"A storyteller of rare and extraordinary power, she has left a lasting impression at Fort Nisqually bonfires and many memorable events."      

- Jerry Eckrom, Author & Storyteller.

"We just knew that your presentation would permanently cement the rigors, the joys, and the human element that is so often overlooked in history." 

-Kristen & John MacPherson, History Instructors.

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Interested in learning more about the different programs Karen offers? Send Karen a message and she will be happy to discuss the wide variety of presentations she offers.

About Karen

Karen enjoys both telling in modern times and bringing the past to life with living history presentations.  Her effervescent style engages emotions, from the sublime to the ridiculous, in audiences both young and old.  She has presented in a wide range of places: libraries, bookstores, schools, senior centers, churches, Pig War re-enactments, Medieval wedding receptions, and ghostly bonfires.

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Phone: 1-253-830-4357


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