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NCPR Hosts StoryCorps, the National Oral History Project, in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls

Canton, NY, Thursday, May 15, 2008StoryCorps, a national initiative to document everyday history and the unique stories of Americans, will spend two weeks in Saranac Lake and two weeks in Glens Falls this summer collecting interviews and recordings for broadcast on public radio and for the Library of Congress.

Hosted by North Country Public Radio, the StoryCorps MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio, will be parked in Saranac Lake’s Pontiac Bay Park from June 19-29 and Glens Falls City Park from July 2-12. The StoryCorps team plans on collecting more than 120 interviews during these visits. North Country Public Radio will air a selection of these stories and create special programs around the project. Selected segments will also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

At the MobileBooth, people participate in pairs – oftentimes friends or loved ones – and one interviews the other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and handles the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of a 40-minute session, the participants walk away with a CD of their interview. With their permission, a second copy will be sent to the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress where it becomes part of a high-quality digital archive. This collection will eventually grow into an oral history of America.

StoryCorps was created by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” recipient Dave Isay. This unprecedented project has traveled to every corner of America, instructing and inspiring individuals to record their stories in sound. StoryCorps is the largest multi-year oral history project ever undertaken. Since its launch in October 2003, StoryCorps’ two mobile and two stationary recording studios have visited 66 cities in 43 states and collected more than 10,000 stories.

Individuals can visit to make interview reservations and listen to excerpts of other stories told in the booth.

State Farm Insurance is a proud national sponsor of StoryCorps. Major funding for StoryCorps is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). StoryCorps is a project of Sound Portraits Productions in partnership with NPR and the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress.

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