Ralph Chatham passed away on May 18, 2013 and we keep this page in his honor so that you might read about the wonderful person and storyteller he was.
Ralph started formal storytelling in 1979 300 feet underwater to a submarine crew who had not seen even arctic sunlight for six weeks. In 2003 he and his storytelling wife Margaret received a National Storytelling Network Oracle award. Ralph was chosen to present at the NSN Conference three times including a Sea Story Showcase in 1999, a storytelling survival workshop: OOPS and Other Storytelling Disasters in 2001, and Industrial Strength Storytelling (with a digression about storytelling and the brain) in 2008. He created three cassette tapes and five CDs of newfangled folktales, defrosted for the microwave age, featuring Jack and Clever Jill and a supporting cast of several other strong women.
Ralph and Margaret, are both past Presidents of Voices in the Glen. Both were twice featured tellers at the MidAtlantic Storytellers Gathering and were workshop leadersnumerous times. Ralph supported his storytelling habit as a Technical Hand-waver and Private Insultant on technology and technology for training, which allowed him to tell technical stories, too. He regularly performed at local Celtic and Folk and Story festivals. He told stories at the drop of a hat from here to Hawaii. And he brought his own hat to make sure