Professional storyteller Pippa White captivates audience as part of Emporia Public Library 150th-anniversary speaker series Featured

Professional Storyteller Pippa White Professional Storyteller Pippa White Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The Emporia Public Library's 150th-anniversary speaker series continued Friday, and the featured performer gave local residents a close up look at the efforts of women who helped shape the world into how we know it today.

The Emporia Arts Center served as the venue for actress, storyteller and speaker Pippa White who portrayed over 14 of these notable figures Friday. Those portrayals included the "founder of modern nursing" Florence Nightengale, the first female winner of the Nobel Prize Marie Curie, Virginia Apgar who developed the Apgar score which is used to quickly summarize the health of newborn children and many more.

White says when it comes to being on stage her main focus is ensuring she captures the full attention of her audience.


White hopes the message which audiences take away from her show is that you do not have to be famous to make a difference in the world. She tells KVOE News this was the case for many of the figures she portrays as they were not seeking fame through their actions but simply trying to better the world.

After a long theatrical and television career on the West Coast, White relocated to Nebraska with her husband and began her solo acting career in 1994. Her first performance detailed the stories of New York homeless children who sought a new life in America's Heartland by riding the orphan train.

Currently White has close to 20 different solo shows with content ranging from the women's suffrage movement to the civil war and world war II.

White's performance followed Monday's presentation by author Dennis Garcia on his book "Marine, Public Servant, Kansan: The Life of Ernest Garcia." The Emporia Public Library will be hosting two more speakers as a part of the Library's 150th-anniversary series. This includes Doctor Jeff Smith portraying Andrew Carnegie on October 19 at the Lyon County Fairgrounds Anderson Building and Debra Divine who will give a special presentation over quilts on November 16 at the Emporia Public Library.

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