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The Host Of Holidays Past: Kirkwood Woman Performs Dickens, Seuss, More

Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Kirkwood resident Anne Williams is a certified historic interpreter and has volunteered at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri since 1996.

She combines history and literature, dresses in period clothing and shares with guests the historic context of stories and the authors who write them.

Among other things, she performs at special events for the National Park Service including at the Old Court House and Grant’s Home.  She recites the Declaration of Independence every year in Kirkwood.

During this holiday season, Williams will perform at the Daniel Boone Home and the Lemp Mansion.

Host Steve Potter talked with Williams about her work as an interpreter but primarily about her recitation of stories.

She recited, from memory, Stave 2 of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” part of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

Related Events

Daniel Boone Home Christmas Candlelight Tour
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 2012
Various Times
Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO

Lemp Mansion Performance
December 12 and 19, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Lemp Mansion, 3322 Demenil Place

Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.

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