Storytellers gather in downtown Denver

The event is a celebration to the organization's 25th anniversary. 9NEWS at 10 p.m. 10/02/15.

DENVER - Once upon a time, dozens of storytellers came together in downtown Denver to share more than 150 stories for 25 straight hours -- that time was Friday afternoon and the location was Union Station.

From Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. all the way until 5:30 p.m on Saturday, about 50 storytellers from Spellbinders, a Colorado-based non-profit that brings the art of storytelling to children and others, are attempting to set a world record by sharing stories for 25 straight hours.

The event is a celebration to the organization's 25th anniversary.

"We are trying to get the word out about how valuable storytelling is to these children that are coming up," said storyteller Nora Heaton. "It helps establish a foundation for morals and values and there's no way easier to do that than with a story."

Heaton said she knows hundreds of stories, but all of them are told without any books or written words.

"A lot, but you know you have to review them in between," she said, laughing. "There's only three things to memorize: the beginning, the ending and the outline of the story."

Catherine Johnson, executive director of Spellbinders, said the event is part of a 25-day celebration.

"Storytelling is how we built together a community for 300,000 years. Even now in this technology driven age, people are hungry for stories. When people hear once upon a time, everybody leans in and connects," Johnson said. "We are out here to set a world record for 25 straight hours of Storytelling and we're doing it to raise awareness of the power and impact oral storytelling can have."

Storyteller Diane Campbell said despite the technological age, telling tales can still be a powerful medium.

"It worked for thousands of years. They were telling stories 5,000 years so ago. Why would things change now because we have electronic devices?" she said. "That connection you get. You see that people are paying attention to the story and I usually finish when I tell a story. I usually tell the kindergarteners, and I say, 'Now that I told the story to you, you can tell it to someone to.'"

The world record will be reached, Johnson said, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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