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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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Natalie Leduc and Mary Woodhouse
Natalie Leduc and Mary Woodhouse

StoryCorps: Remembering the Lake Placid Olympics

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 late June, Natalie Leduc, of Saranac Lake, visited the booth with her friend Mary Woodhouse. Natalie is a lifelong Adirondacker and a skier almost from birth. And on this opening day of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, we wanted to bring you a bit of her memories of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Lake Placid 28 years ago.  Go to full article
Nancy Fitzpatrick and Tom Gervais
Nancy Fitzpatrick and Tom Gervais

StoryCorps: camp in summer

The StoryCorps mobile booth captured slices of North Country life during almost a month in the region. Thomas Gervais told his wife, Nancy Fitzpatrick, stories of "camp," where West Mill Brook joins the Schroon River near North Hudson. He started spending summers there as a boy in the 1930s. The camp at Pepper Hollow now hosts its fifth generation of the family.  Go to full article
David and Nancy Currier
David and Nancy Currier

StoryCorps: Cars and love

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. Nancy Currier and her husband David visited the booth in Glens Falls a couple of weeks ago to talk about the unusual way that they met.  Go to full article
Bryan and Lyn Burkett
Bryan and Lyn Burkett

StoryCorps: A family story of loss and love

The StoryCorps mobilebooth has moved on to western New York after nearly a month here in the North Country. During its time in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls, dozens of people got to share their stories by interviewing each other. Some focused on a number of topics, while others chose to talk about just one thing. This was the case with Lyn Burkett of Potsdam. She was interviewed by her husband, Bryan, and they spent their conversation talking about Lyn's mother and her very interesting life.  Go to full article
Helen Demong and daughter Katy
Helen Demong and daughter Katy

StoryCorps: A close and generous community

Every day at StoryCorps booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. Recently, Katy Demong from Burlington interviewed her mother, Helen Demong, who is Choral Director at Saranac Lake High School. Under her direction the students perform around the community, and one of these performances was particularly memorable.  Go to full article
Clarence Petty and Phil Brown
Clarence Petty and Phil Brown

StoryCorps: Clarence Petty?a century-long mission in the Adirondacks

Every day at StoryCorps booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. Recently, Phil Brown brought legendary Adirondacker Clarence Petty to the StoryCorps booth in Saranac Lake for an interview.  Go to full article
Dermot and "Dew Drop" Morgan are the first Saranac Lake interview
Dermot and "Dew Drop" Morgan are the first Saranac Lake interview

National StoryCorps project captures tales of Adirondack life

The StoryCorps oral history project rolled into Saranac Lake yesterday. The mobile recording studio which is housed in an Airstream trailer offers local people a chance to record their stories and their experiences. The effort is co-sponsored by North Country Public Radio. The recordings will be archived at the Library of Congress and some of the interviews will be aired here on NCPR. Brian Mann was at yesterday's opening ceremony in Saranac Lake and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Randy Kerr and Gordon Allen
Randy Kerr and Gordon Allen

StoryCorps: Lewis County during the Depression

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile booths traveling the country, history is being captured daily. Last summer, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Watertown, its visitors included Gordon Allen, of Lowville, who interviewed his friend Randy Kerr, a retired forest ranger from Lyons Falls, about his childhood in Lewis County.  Go to full article
Ann and Roger Huntley
Ann and Roger Huntley

StoryCorps: Life in Crary Mills

For the last few weeks, we've been bringing you excerpts from StoryCorps, a national project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. One of these mobile recording studios was in Canton last summer and among its visitors were Ann and her husband Roger Huntley. Ann interviewed Roger about growing up in Crary Mills, near Canton, and his life as an auctioneer.  Go to full article
M.J. Heisey and Eleanor Rosenthal
M.J. Heisey and Eleanor Rosenthal

StoryCorps: Life in Nazi Germany

Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. One of these mobile recording studios was in Canton last summer and among its visitors were Eleanor Rosenthal and her friend M.J. Heisey. Rosenthal lived in Nazi Germany as a child. Her father spent weeks in a concentration camp, and her family eventually immigrated to the U.S.  Go to full article

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StoryCorps Homepage: www.storycorps.net

StoryCorps Features @ NPR

Jul 25, 2014 — Roger Alvarez didn't make it to graduation, but he still wants to thank his high school English teacher. (This StoryCorps interview first aired Jan. 29, 2012, on Weekend Edition.)
Jul 18, 2014 — County clerks are making news by defying the state's gay-marriage ban, but Clela Rorex got there first. Decades ago, she issued a groundbreaking license to the first openly gay people she'd ever met.
Jul 11, 2014 — Kai Leigh Harriott was paralyzed by a stray bullet when she was 3. Her sister, Aja David, was baby-sitting her at the time. The incident was tragic, but it also strengthened their connection.
Jul 4, 2014 — When he was a boy growing up in Chicago in the 1990s, Dekalb Walcott III says all the kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. But not Dekalb. It was his dad, a fire chief, that he idolized.
Jul 2, 2014 — StoryCorps, the team that brings you conversations between loved ones, is now highlighting voices of the LGBTQ community. OutLoud brings a story about losing a partner while living in the closet.

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.