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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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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
Donal, Larry and Brendan Casey
Donal, Larry and Brendan Casey

StoryCorps: Life on a dairy farm

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 July, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Canton, its visitors included Larry Casey and his sons Brendan and Donal. Larry tells his two sons about life on a St. Lawrence County dairy farm in the 1940's and a formative memory.  Go to full article
Ruth Garner and Anne Malone
Ruth Garner and Anne Malone

StoryCorps: A Potsdam mother remembers her son

StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile booths traveling the country, history is being captured daily. Last July, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Canton, its visitors included Anne Malone, who interviewed her friend, former Potsdam mayor Ruth Garner. Garner remembers her son, a doctor in San Francisco, who died of AIDS in the early 80's.  Go to full article
Anneke and Ryan Larrance
Anneke and Ryan Larrance

StoryCorps: A career in humanitarian aid

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. In July, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Canton, its visitors included Anneke Larrance, who interviewed her son, Ryan, about his career as a humanitarian aid worker.  Go to full article
Patricia Towne (r) and Ann Fillhart
Patricia Towne (r) and Ann Fillhart

StoryCorps: Growing up Non-Native American among the Mohawks

StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. Each week NCPR brings you a story from StoryCorps' visit to the North Country earlier this summer. This week Patricia Towne, who now lives in Florida, talks with her daughter Ann Fillhart from Lacona, New York.  Go to full article

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StoryCorps Homepage: www.storycorps.net

StoryCorps Features @ NPR

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Aug 24, 2014 — When Darnell Moore was a teenager in the late '80s, a group of boys doused him in gasoline and tried to light him on fire. One of his attackers was his next-door neighbor.
Aug 22, 2014 — Kris Kalberer and her family lost their house in 2011. Now they live in their car. Kris says she feels guilty for not being able to fix this. But her teenage daughter Erika doesn't blame her mom.
Aug 15, 2014 — Patsy Hathaway, who is white, thought "love would conquer all" when it came to how others would treat her adopted son, Alex Landau. That changed after he was severely beaten by police when he was 19.
Aug 8, 2014 — In 1987, Mytokia Fair shot and killed her husband — before battered spouse syndrome was an admissible defense in Maryland. She served three years in prison before her 15-year sentence was commuted.

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.