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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

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

StoryCorps to Visit the North Country

NCPR will host StoryCorps, the national oral history project that records stories of everyday people, next month. The StoryCorps MobileBooth makes stops in Canton and Watertown in July. NCPR Program Director Jackie Sauter tells Todd Moe about collecting stories from around the North Country.  Go to full article

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StoryCorps Features @ NPR

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.
Aug 1, 2014 — Barbara Moore was the only woman bricklayer in Baltimore when she started the job in 1973. "A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there," she tells her daughter on a visit to StoryCorps.
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.

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.