Jo Radner

Jo Radner will be presenting “Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them” on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at Freedom Town Hall in Freedom. (COURTESY PHOTO)

FREEDOM — Freedom Historical Society in concert with the NH Humanities Council will be hosting Jo Radner, who will present her popular program, “Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them,” on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at Freedom Town Hall on Elm Street.

In this era of multitasking, tweeting, texting and other “social” media, broadcasting sometimes seems more common than conversation.

“We communicate screen-to-screen more than face-to-face,” Radner said. “But we hunger for the simple give-and-take of telling and listening to stories.”

Aimed at adults, the interactive presentation will benefit anyone interested in investigating or remembering past events, writing memoirs, researching family history or simply developing habits of meaningful conversation. Attendees will leave with new ideas, new stories, and a handout of techniques and resources.

Radner earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before returning to her family home in western Maine as a freelance storyteller and oral historian, she spent 31 years as professor at American University in Washington, D.C., teaching literature, folklore, American studies, Celtic studies and storytelling.

She has published books and articles in all those fields, and is now writing a book titled “Performing the Paper: Rural Self-Improvement in Northern New England,” about a 19th-century village tradition of creating and performing handwritten literary newspapers. She is past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network.

The program is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

For more information, call (603) 539-5799.

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