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Residents of northern New York will have a chance to tell their personal stories when the StoryCorps MobileBooth makes stops in Canton and in Watertown in July. North Country Public Radio is hosting the visit by StoryCorps, the national oral history project that records the stories of people across the country. The StoryCorps MobileBooth, a modified Airstream trailer containing a soundproof recording studio, will be located at the Canton Village Green from July 6 through 16; and at the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown July 18 through 30. Reservations for interviews in Canton will be accepted beginning at 10 am on June 22. Reservations for Watertown interviews will be accepted beginning at 10 am on July 7. Reservations can be made by calling the toll-free StoryCorps number, 800-850-4406 or online at storycorps.net.
"It's a simple but brilliant idea," according to NCPR's program director Jackie Sauter. "You bring a friend or loved one to the MobileBooth to record an interview. At the booth, a trained facilitator guides you through the interview process and handles technical aspects of the recording. At the end of your 40-minute session, you receive an audio CD of your interview. With your permission, a copy will be added to the StoryCorps archive, located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Select excerpts will also be played on North Country Public Radio and on National Public Radio. The beauty of StoryCorps is that it celebrates the stories and voices of ordinary Americans, and can teach us all how to be better listeners."
"We've found that the process of interviewing a friend, neighbor or family member can have a profound influence on both the interviewer and the interviewee, says David Isay, the award-winning producer who created StoryCorps. "We've seen people change, friendships grow, families walk away feeling closer, understanding each other better." Audio samples of interviews recorded elsewhere in the country can be heard on the StoryCorps website, www.storycorp.net.
"Interest in StoryCorps is very high," according to Sauter. "We urge anyone interested in reserving a time for an interview in either Canton or Watertown to do so as soon as reservations open. In other locations the appointments have all been filled within a few hours."
The StoryCorps visit to the North Country is supported by the Sweetgrass Foundation and the Northern New York Community Foundation, with media support from the Watertown Daily Times.