The materials reflect the colorful history of Corn Island, which grew from a small gathering of friends to one of the nation’s largest storytelling festivals before it ended its run in 2007. They include testimonials and newspaper articles about the festival, as well as event programs, information about some of the storytellers, notes to event founder Lee Pennington and the history of the festival’s namesake, the original settlement site of Louisville.

UofL is teaming with the festival’s organizers to revive its most popular event, a night of ghost stories, Oct. 12 in the Humanities Quadrangle.

More information on the 2012 festival at UofL.

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John Drees
John Drees is a 32-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As interim senior associate vice president/director of campus communication, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.