Minnie Pearl – History Alive!

Sarah Colley studied theater while in college during the Great Depression intending to be a serious actress. While touring with a theater company, she created the comedic downhome character of Minnie Pearl to help promote performances. Her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1940 was a success and eased fears that her satire of rural ways might not be appreciated by country audiences. People instead embraced Minnie as one of their own, and she became a legend in country entertainment. Portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston, WV, at Holly River State Park Anderson Activity Building. 2:00 p.m. program lasts about one hour. Family-friendly. Open to the public at no cost.

Minnie Pearl presentation is a History Alive! program made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia State Park system. Howdeeeeee!

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  • Start Date: August 25, 2019

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