American folk tales are a rich source of heroic or noble actions or tricky and scheming behavior about larger-than-life people, who are really very much like us. Each story is a reflection of the culture, values and beliefs of the region from which it came. Whether it is a tall tale, ghost story or historical legend, we gain many insights about our inner “workings.” Join us as we hold up a mirror to ourselves. The real bonus is that American folk tales are a lot of fun!
Dr. Elissa Kaplan is the founder and director of Growing Projects, an educational consulting company, whose vision is leadership through critical thinking and compassionate choices. She earned two MA degrees in Comparative Literature and Language Arts as well as an EdD in Educational Leadership from George Washington University (DC). Over a 17-year period, she has served as Director of Education at four synagogues in Maryland and Connecticut. Currently Elissa is President of the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.