What most thought to be just an old fairytale is in fact based on a real person who evaded the law and history books for centuries. The exhibit Rumpelstiltskin: 500 Years of Devious Dealings features rare artifacts recently unearthed at a site now known as “The Camp” located in the woods of Colorado Bend State Park. The artifacts on display date from the 16th to the 20th century and document Rumpelstiltskin’s migration from central Europe to the Texas Hill Country. This incredible discovery has led scholars to construct a new history of the man who, legend has it, could spin straw into gold. A history that suggests Rumpelstiltskin might still be alive today.
This exhibit is curated by Zoe Andersen (MFA Candidate, Scenic Design, 2019).