Ben Kemper has been telling stories since the second grade. In 2007, he was awarded the title of Grand Torchbearer of America for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. His professional storytelling career began in Boise, and has carried him to festivals and schools across America and to China. In addition to storytelling, Ben researches, writes, and produces historical stories pertinent to Idaho and the American West. He is also a seasoned stage performer with over 15 theatrical roles performed for productions in Chicago, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Idaho Theater for Youth. He holds a B.S in Theater from Northwestern University.
A set of stories on the early ethnic and racial groups that shaped the life and times of the community.
* African-American: "As the Good Book Says"
* Basque: "The Old Country"
* Chinese: "New Year"
* Latino: "The Measure of a Mule"
* Shoshone: "Starved for Stories"
* Mr. Riggs Makes the Headlines: The opening of the new train depot, how Henry Chiles Riggs brought the newspaper printing press to Boise , and founding of the Idaho Statesman.
* Little Ada Saves the Day: Ada Riggs and early Fourth of July celebrations in Boise.
* The Secret of Francois Payette: Early French fur trapper in the Idaho wilderness.
* Conflict in Peace Valley: The multi-brand Native American encampment along the Boise River.
A forty minute retelling of the story of the Big Burn of 1910, the largest recorded blaze in American history. A fire that destroyed three million acres, six towns, and 87 lives, the Big Burn shaped Idaho history and the aims of the U.S. Forest Service. Its effects are still felt today.