Lisa Derman Memorial at Spring Grove Park

Lisa Derman was telling her story of escape from Nazi rule in 1941at the 2002 Illinois Storytelling Festival held in Spring Grove Park when she suffered a fatal heart attack. You can watch the video of Lisa and telling her story here. A monument with a sculpture of Lisa was later erected at the park.

“It is the hope of Illinois Storytelling, Inc, and all the contributors to the monument, that this sculpture of Lisa will be a catalyst that will inspire our educational, religious, storytelling, arts and civic communities, but most of all, that it will remind our young people to remember the necessity of just action, compassion and courage.”  Jim May, Storyteller

On Sunday, April 27th, from 2 – 5 pm, Jim May and Illinois Storytelling Inc. will present “Peace Begins with Remembrance: Stories of Peace and Justice” in Spring Grove Park. The event is held in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. There will be stories, poetry and readings told by local, national, and international storytellers. Teachers and students from local schools have also been invited to participate.  Come to listen or share a story, poem, or comment. No Admission. Seating is limited, bring a “sit upon” and umbrella “just in case.” For more information contact Jim May at 815-382-5264, or email him here.


View a video, Remembering Lisa Derman, by Storyteller Jim May

Read an Article by Reporter Gregory Harutunian about Lisa’s Memorial and see photos.

Link to the Illinois Storytelling, Inc. here.