BeckS15Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet.

Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect.

“First and foremost, she was a storyteller,” Beck told Connect host Fran Stoddard. “The ‘Turner Narrative,’ is full of what I call ‘touchstone stories’; key stories, pivotal moments, that are surrounded by emotion.”

Jane Beck, author of Daisy Turner’s Kin, found in this Vermonter a living history of the African American experience.

“This is a way of understanding and of bridging differences,” Beck said. “If you listen to stories it’s a common denominator. Everybody likes stories.”

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