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Local Support for the 2008 StoryCorps Visit

The Village of Saranac Lake

Glens Falls Centennial Committee

Local Support for the 2006 StoryCorps Visit

The Sweetgrass Foundation

The Northern New York Community Foundation

Media support--The Watertown Daily Times

StoryCorps in the North Country

North Country Public Radio has sponsored two North Country visits by StoryCorps. This national oral history project gives everyone the chance to record the stories of family and friends. Participants interview someone they know and love, get a CD to keep, and send a copy to the Library of Congress for future generations. With permission, selections are broadcast on local stations, and on national programs produced by NPR.

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth visted Saranac Lake in June 2008 and Glens Falls in July.

StoryCorps Interviews from NCPR

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Barbara, Sally, Peggy and Kay gathered in 2010 to share stories.
Barbara, Sally, Peggy and Kay gathered in 2010 to share stories.

Four friends share Thanksgiving memories

As families and friends gather for Thanksgiving meals this week, food and stories will be shared around the dinner table. Friday is the fifth annual National Day of Listening. You can celebrate by recording interviews with people you care about. You can use your mobile phone, tape recorder, computer or pen and paper. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving -- a time of the year to get together and enjoy the company of others - we'll listen again as four longtime friends in Canton share their Thanksgiving memories of family, food and their lives.  Go to full article
Nathan Hoskins
Nathan Hoskins

Finding peace after cruelty

A Kentucky man who survived childhood abuse and learned to forgive will share his story with audiences in Canton and Potsdam.

You might remember Nathan Hoskins' StoryCorps segment that aired a few months ago on Morning Edition. In it, he tells a friend how his family first learned that he was gay and how he was held at gunpoint by his mother. Since then, Hoskins has traveled the country speaking to community and college groups about his painful childhood and his resolve to fulfill his dreams.

Todd Moe spoke with him about "coming out" to his family and the response he's received since his StoryCorps interview aired on NPR.

Nathan Hoskins will share his story of surviving childhood abuse this Sunday at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton and again Monday at 6 pm at SUNY Potsdam in Kellas Hall, Room 103. Everyone is invited to both presentations, but the program is not suitable for young audiences.  Go to full article

Small talk in a small town pharmacy

Today is StoryCorps' National Day of Listening. We listen to one of the conversations that took place this past summer when the StoryCorps Mobilebooth visited the North Country. Sara Cutshall-King interviewed her husband, Joseph, in Glens Falls on July 5th. Joe's father owned a pharmacy in the small village of Fort Edward. More than 50 years later he still has vivid memories of the people and activities centered around the store.  Go to full article
Joe Marocco and Doug Haney
Joe Marocco and Doug Haney

StoryCorps: Two friends

Since the StoryCorps Mobilebooth visited the North Country this summer, we've been spending a little time each Friday introducing you to some of the participants who got to document their stories by interviewing each other. On June 20th, in Saranac Lake, Doug Haney interviewed his friend Joe Marocco. They talked about a lot of things, including Joe's battle with cancer, which he won, and his somewhat distant relationship with his father. And it was this subject that prompted Doug to ask Joe about his reluctance to become a father himself.  Go to full article
Forrest "Dewdrop" Morgan and Dermott Morgan
Forrest "Dewdrop" Morgan and Dermott Morgan

StoryCorps: remembering the 1932 Olympics

Since the StoryCorps Mobilebooth visited the North Country this summer, we've been spending a little time each Friday introducing you to some of the participants who got to document their stories by interviewing each other. Today, we'll hear an excerpt from June 19, when Dermott Morgan of Saranac Lake interviewed his father, Forrest "Dewdrop" Morgan. Forrest is a lifelong resident of the Adirondacks and has fond memories of the Winter Olympics coming to Lake Placid. No, not the 1980 games, but the 1932 games when he was ten years old. It was there that he met an Olympic champion who would go on to become an historic figure in World War II.  Go to full article
Sunny Buchman and Rena Bernstein
Sunny Buchman and Rena Bernstein

StoryCorps: life in Nazis-occupied Poland

Since the StoryCorps Mobilebooth visited the North Country this summer, we've been spending a little time each Friday introducing you to some of the participants who got to document their stories interviewing each other. Today, we'll hear an excerpt from July, when Sunny Buchman, of Glens Falls, interviewed her friend Rena Bernstein from Brooklyn. Rena spent her very early years in southeastern Poland in a cabin hiding from the Nazis. Her parents were also in hiding, but they were in a grave-sized bunker under the basement of a workshop in the small town of Lesko. They remained there for two years. Eventually, Rena and her parents made their way to the U.S. and her mother wrote about life in Nazi-occupied Poland.  Go to full article
Jane Jacobs and Ellen Butz
Jane Jacobs and Ellen Butz

StoryCorps: a violinist in the family

Each Friday this summer we've been introducing you to a different pair of participants from StoryCorps' visit to the North Country. The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls earlier this summer, and it was in Glens Falls that Ellen Butz interviewed her friend, Jane Jacobs. Jane's father was a professional violinist and she recalled how he got started playing, and the joy of watching her dad perform.  Go to full article
Wanda Armstrong and her father, Russell Leigh
Wanda Armstrong and her father, Russell Leigh

StoryCorps: an airmail "first" and a dowser's tale

The StoryCorps mobilebooth spent nearly a month here in the North Country this summer. During its time in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls dozens of people got to share their stories by interviewing each other. In Glens Falls, Wanda Armstrong chatted with her 91-year-old father, Russell Leigh.  Go to full article
Sarah Thomas and her father, David Zimmer
Sarah Thomas and her father, David Zimmer

StoryCorps: defying doctors? expectations

Each Friday this summer we're introducing you to a different pair of participants from StoryCorps' visit to the North Country. The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls earlier this summer, and it was in Glens Falls that Sarah Thomas interviewed her father, David Zimmer. A couple of years ago David faced a serious medical problem and the prognosis wasn't good. But he defied his doctors' expectations and continues to get stronger every day.  Go to full article
Babette and Walter Sonneborn with their niece Ellen Bettmann (left).
Babette and Walter Sonneborn with their niece Ellen Bettmann (left).

An Adirondack romance lasts a lifetime

A summer job...a lifelong love. Walter and Babette Sonneborn tell the story of their Adirondack romance to StoryCorps, as broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition.  Go to full article

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StoryCorps Features @ NPR

Apr 18, 2014 — In high school, Cristina Peņa was afraid to tell her boyfriend, Chris Ondaatje, that she was HIV-positive. She needn't have worried. More than a decade later, they're still together.
Apr 11, 2014 — Collin Smith was in high school when an accident left him unable to use his arms and legs. So Ernest Greene, 50 years his senior, decided to help. And when Collin went to college, Ernest went, too.
Apr 4, 2014 — Aidan Seeger was 7 when he died of a genetic disorder known as ALD in 2012. Now New York state requires newborn screening for the disorder, thanks to "Aidan's Law."
Mar 29, 2014 — Fighting in Afghanistan was extremely difficult, but now that Army Capt. Drew Pham is back in the U.S., he says he doesn't even know how to talk to people. It's his wife, he says, who keeps him going.
Mar 28, 2014 — Newlyweds Anthony and Jessica Villarreal share how they rebuilt their lives after a bomb disfigured Anthony in Afghanistan. (The StoryCorps interview initially aired Nov. 9, 2013 on Weekend Saturday.)

The Interview:


Interior of the StoryCorps mobile booth.

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 to become part of a high quality digital archive. This collection will eventually grow into an oral history of America. The project is sponsored by NPR (National Public Radio) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.