Storyteller Presents Tales Of Heroes And Adventurers At Dangberg Historic Park June 24

Posted By on June 24, 2015


Courtesy of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

MINDEN, Nev.- Joan Stockbridge, a professional storyteller, will present “True Heroes and Mythic Adventurers” at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the public, free to attend and includes stories for all ages, children and adults.

Joan Stockbridge, photo provided by Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

Joan Stockbridge, photo provided by Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

Stockbridge will tell a series of adventure stories designed to move, entertain and inspire, including the true story of a castaway who changed the course of history, and a classic myth of a hero’s journey. It is a participatory program for both adults and children that will cause the audience to consider their own capacity to overcome preconceived limitations.

Stockbridge has had a long career. From 1987 to 2002 she was the storyteller-in-residence at the Bishop’s Ranch’s “Family Camp” in Healdsburg, California. Since 2000, she has worked as a therapeutic storyteller with the Women’s Empowerment Program, a job training and life-skills program for homeless women in Sacramento, where she developed a four-part curriculum to facilitate the redefinition of personal narratives. From 2003 to 2006 she was a therapeutic storyteller for the Placer County Mental Health Department, and since 2004 has been a therapeutic storyteller at New Leaf Residential Program, which serves women in substance abuse recovery.

Her storytelling appearances include the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and performances and workshop presentations at the Southbay Storytellers’ Winter Workshop, the Healing Story Alliance Conference, and the National Storytelling Conference. She is a co-author of Sierra Cloud, The True Story of a Horse with Courage, and the author of three other books on stories from Mexico, Africa and Japan. She has served as the California state liaison to the National Storytelling Network, as well as in various positions for the Arts Council of Placer County.

The Dangberg Storyteller Series is sponsored by Bently Ranch, SoaringNV, The Record-Courier, Carson Valley Inn, and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation. Stockbridge’s performance is also made possible with the assistance of Nevada Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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This is a free outdoor event. The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¼ mile north of the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating. Dogs are not permitted in the park, with the exception of certified service animals. For more information, visit or call 775-783-9417.

Other storytellers in this year’s series are Joel ben Izzy on July 29, Karla Huntsman on August 26, Tom Wade on September 16, and Ruth Halpern on September 30.


The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and three generations of descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and founded Minden in 1905. The Park includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a large collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. Programs include guided tours, exhibits and other public events. The Park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with its owner, Douglas County.