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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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Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan
Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan

StoryCorps: Mohawk ironworker remembers 9/11

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 earlier this summer and among its visitors were Michael Swamp and his son, Nolan, from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation. Michael is the business manager for Ironworkers Local 440 and he talked with his son about the job and the important role ironworkers played five years ago in lower Manhattan.  Go to full article

The simple life on Raquette Lake

For the last few weeks, we've been bringing you excerpts from StoryCorps, the national oral history project that visited the North Country last month. Well, we recently learned about someone who couldn't make it to StoryCorps, but she sure has stories to tell. Josephine Marbury has spent every summer for nearly 90 years on her family's island on Raquette Lake. This past Sunday we brought our microphones to Bluff Point on Raquette Lake to record Josephine being interviewed by her friend Mary Gearhart about what an Adirondack Summer was like back in the teens and early twenties.  Go to full article
Rich Calabrese & Rebecca Hopfinger
Rich Calabrese & Rebecca Hopfinger

StoryCorps: rebuilding Pullman's island home

This summer we're featuring conversations from StoryCorps's mobile booth visit to Canton and Watertown. Rebecca Hopfinger from Clayton interviewed her friend Rich Calabrese from Rochester about what it was like spending summers on his family's island on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Gary Walts and Captain Honk.
Gary Walts and Captain Honk.

StoryCorps: Captain Honk

Story Corps just wrapped up a month of recording interviews in Canton and Watertown. Recently, photographer Gary Walts from Chaumont talked with his long-time friend, Thomas Bintz, at the StoryCorps Mobilebooth in Watertown. Thomas is an artist and is better known as Captain Honk. He specializes in creating art from found objects, especially those located along ocean and lake shores.  Go to full article
Natalia Singer & Jake Dillon
Natalia Singer & Jake Dillon

StoryCorps: World War II flyer

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. After two weeks on the village green in Canton, the StoryCrops MobileBooth is now at Flower Memorial Library in Watertown. While the studio was in Canton, Natalia Singer interviewed Jake Dillon about his days as a flyer in World War Two.  Go to full article
Yvonne Todd and her mother, Emma Westdijk
Yvonne Todd and her mother, Emma Westdijk

StoryCorps: life in Indonesia during World War II

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. After two weeks on the village green in Canton, the StoryCrops MobileBooth is now at Flower Memorial Library in Watertown. While the studio was in Canton, Yvonne Todd interviewed her mother, Emma Westdijk, about her life as a teenager in Indonesia during World War Two.  Go to full article

StoryCorps: Growing up Asian-American in the North Country

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 has been in Canton for the last couple of weeks, and a few days ago Esther Oey from Brushton interviewed her sister, Rebecca. They talked about what it was like to grow up as Asian-Americans in the North Country.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A StoryCorps Story

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth welcomed its first interviews in Canton yesterday morning. First up were Sally Van De Water and her son, Peter, longtime Canton residents. Sally is 92. Martha Foley caught up with her on one of the park benches after the interview. She's today's "Heard Up North".  Go to full article

StoryCorps Preserves Hospice Pioneer's Legacy

The StoryCorps booth opens at the Canton village green this morning. StoryCorps helps people set down a record of their lives - the little details as well as the broader, deeper strokes.
Lots of reasons to do that, of course. With permission, the interviews are archived in the Library of Congress. Some are excerpted on public radio. But it's the personal archive that's most meaningful - the voices and memories that may fade, particularly after death. Zelda Foster was an early pioneer in hospice and end-of-life care. For 40 years she fought for people's right to die with dignity. She believed in facing death with honesty and preparedness. For Zelda Foster that also meant recording her story at a StoryCorps booth. Foster died Tuesday. Gregory Warner has this remembrance.  Go to full article
The StoryCorps mobile booth (an Airstream trailer) in Canton
The StoryCorps mobile booth (an Airstream trailer) in Canton

Inside StoryCorps

The StoryCorps mobile booth pulled into Canton this week. NCPR is hosting StoryCorps' visit to the North Country. It's a national initiative to document everyday history and stories of Americans. Interviews will be recorded for broadcast on public radio and for the Library of Congress. The StoryCorps mobile booth will be in Canton on the Village Green during the first two weeks of July. The booth then moves to the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown. Todd Moe spoke with facilitators Sarah Kramer and Lisa Janicki during their first full day in Canton.  Go to full article

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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.