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STORYTELLING SCHEDULE – Summer 2017 in Central Park New York (PDF)
  The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center
Central Park New York

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Fairy and Folk Tales
From Around The World!

Appropriate for children ages 6 and up.
Fun for Adults as well.
At the Hans Christian Andersen statue
"The Ugly Duckling"
near 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue.
in Central Park, New York.
Click to see map
Saturdays in
June, July, August & September
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Storytelling is held rain or shine.
Cost: Free
Children are asked to sit with
parents or guardians.

  Exciting news! For our 60th Anniversary we were featured on the TV show "Cake Boss". The link is finally available for online viewing (at least in the U.S.). You can watch it here. Please enjoy! If you enjoy our free storytelling sessions in Central Park or this show, please consider making a donation to ensure the continued survival of the program. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is a not for profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status, so U.S. donors may take a tax deduction for their contributions. Donations of $25 or above will receive a formal receipt. Contributions may be made by Paypal

The "Cake Boss" episode, featuring the fairytale-inspired Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center's 60th Anniversary birthday cake.

A tribute to you, Hans Christian Andersen! We love your fairy tales!

October 25, 2015 celebrating 60 years ofHans Christian Andersen statue and storytelling in New York Central Park

Fairy Tales From Around The World

On Saturdays all summer long since 1956, New York children have gathered around Hans Christian Andersen's statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales told by a fine ensemble of storytellers. Celebrity performers such as Victor Borge, Eva la Gallienne, Fanny Hurst and Celeste Holm have also visited, telling their favorite stories.

Statue of Hans Christian AndersenThe idea for the statue originated with Baroness Alma Dahlerup, then president of the Danish-American Women's Association of New York, who had for years arranged for Andersen's stories to be read on the radio. Robert Moses, then New York City Parks Commissioner, secured the 'perfect' site and the City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy have given their active support ever since. A significant share of the funding for the statue came from donations made by school children both in Denmark and the United States. Danish-American sculptor George Lober created the larger-than-life bronze statue that was commissioned in 1954, in anticipation of marking the 150th anniversary of the author's birth. Hans Christian Andersens' well-rubbed knees are ample evidence of the fun children continue to have sitting on his lap.

The statue has become a symbol of the good relations between the United States and Denmark. Following a tradition established by her father and mother, her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II visited the statue in 1976 during her American Bicentennial trip. Other members of the Danish royal family continue to visit. In 1964, the City of Copenhagen contributed two 19th century street lamps that now stand on each side of the statue. In 1985, New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, wishing to reciprocate, sent two New York City street lamps to Copenhagen, which can be seen standing in Dantes Plads. More historic information to be found in "From The Archives."

Sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.
in cooperation with the City of New York / Parks & Recreation and The Central Park Conservancy.

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