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Karen Vuranch

Karen Vuranch, storyteller/actress/writer with a passion for coal history, is back from a serious accident that threatened her life, to translate the lives of important historical figures onstage. She has once again coordinated the free Coal Heritage Public Lecture Series that will begin at Erma Byrd Higher Education Center Feb. 6. Here, she is pictured in character as Louella Parsons, America’s first gossip columnist.