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American Lives now carries books, CDs, toys, fabric and costumes (yes, costumes)!   Here’s a link to my online store.   I am adding new items every day, so check back often, and feel free to email me at with questions. 

Darci Tucker’s book
Embodying the Story through Character Interpretation

Embodying the Story pic for website

Character interpreters portray the people whose stories they tell.  This incredibly powerful storytelling technique can be used to teach history, current political and social issues and more.  Because personal connections help listeners remember the stories they have heard, character interpretation is useful in museums and classrooms.

This 30-page book is a step-by-step guide to research, story-crafting, costuming, staging and performing.  Aimed at museum and classroom educators, storytellers and reenactors, it contains graphic organizers for gathering information, and rubrics to evaluate performances.  Its spiral binding makes the organizers easy to copy for your students.  Find it in my online store!

For historically accurate 18th century fabrics, notions, shoes, patterns, research material and related items, I recommend Burnley & Trowbridge.  Tell them I sent you!


On the Oregon Trail, 2019