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. Her stories, both traditional and new, may bring laughter, tears, shivers, or a deep thought or two, but will always entertain.
A former Teacher and Museum Curator of Education, Karen is presently on the board of the Heritage League of Pierce County. She can often be found bringing the past to life at Northwest historic sites such as Fort Nisqually, Fort Steilacoom, and San Juan Islands National Historic Park. Her living history presentations have been featured at Fort Clatsop, Whitman Mission National Historic Site, and the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. She feels especially rewarded telling the tales of those whose voices are usually silent in history -- women.
Drawing on her experiences as a K-12 music educator, she incorporates music and sing-alongs into many of her presentations, often bringing along folk instruments such as autoharp, mountain dulcimer, or penny whistle. She enjoys presenting to classrooms and assemblies and will provide related learning standards upon request.
Desiring to help revitalize the art of storytelling and promote living history, Karen leads workshops for beginning storytellers and history interpreters of all levels. She firmly believes that our stories tell who we are, where we've come from, and where we're going.