< < Back to Search

NSN Storyteller Profile ... Marjorie Shaefer

Marjorie Shaefer, aka Mother Goose

407 Highland Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37604

(313) 570-0726

(423) 202-7091


Email Me

Alternative Email





Marjorie Shaefer, also known as Mother Goose, followed her dream to Johnson City and enrolled in the Storytelling Program at ETSU after 40 years living in the Detroit area of Michigan. She hopes to finish the degree in 2011.

Since moving to Tennessee Marjorie has been researching and telling stories from local history. "Mary Patton, Black Powder Maker" and "Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee" are two favorites.

Marjorie Shaefer often tells rhymes and fables as Mother Goose. She is a member of the Mother Goose Guild and is a founding fowl of the famous Gaggle of Mothers Goose.

Mother Goose loves telling rhymes and fables with her puppet, "Canada Goose" at events for children and for families. Her special program, "Personages that Primed the Pump of Mother Goose Rhymes", adds historical fact for interested adults and seniors.

Marjorie has been telling tales before audiences inside and outside the classroom for over 30 years. Many of her tales were learned from her tall Texan Grandfather who taught with stories. She was once an expert archer, a Girl Scout from second grade to professional, and teacher. She hopes her grandkids will love to tell stories too.

Other Storytelling Programs include:
Folk Tales & Fairy Tales
Family Archery Tales
Growing up on Route 66
My Grandma joined the Army
History retold:
The Real McCoy; the story of Elijah McCoy, inventor
Mongolia visits the Gray Fossil Museum
Out the Oregon Trail, Michigan Mysteries & Histories; Lighthouses & Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes
Biblical Stories:
Mary Visits Elizabeth The Other Wise Man
Leah and Jacob Mary Magdalene

Types of stories I tell:

Fairy tales, folk tales, historical stories from 1750 - 1900 Tennessee women, personal stories, Lighthouse and shipwreck tales from Michigan, and Mother Goose rhymes, I love to tell them all.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:


School Districts I am cleared to work in:

Tennessee schools.

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

NSN, Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, ETSU Tale Tellers, and Tennessee Episcopal Church Women, Tejas Storytellling Association, Tennessee Storytelling Association