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The Underground Railroad in Iowa

Storyteller Darrin Crow will give his performance about the Underground Railroad in Iowa on Saturday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Marshalltown Public Library in the Community Meeting Rooms.

The Underground Railroad in Iowa focuses on the small town of Salem in southern Iowa and it’s heroic citizens who helped hundreds of enslaved people find their way to freedom.

Darrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library and is free to the community. For more information, please contact the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.


  • Date:August 17, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm