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STORYCORPS, THE GROUNDBREAKING ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, COMING TO SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Capital Public Radio will host StoryCorps for five weeks to record the stories of local residents
Sacramento, Calif. – August 20, 2015 – StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Sacramento from September 10th - October 9th as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be parked at the Sacramento Public Library’s Belle Cooledge Branch at 5600 South Land Park Drive. Reservations will be available at 10am on August 27 and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or by visiting storycorps.org. Additional appointments will be available on September 11 at 10am.
In StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, two people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, or how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD of their interview. With participant permission, a copy is archived at the Sacramento Public Library and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.
“StoryCorps tells the true American story—that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism,” says StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. “By strengthening connections between people and building an archive that reflects the rich diversity of American voices, we hope to build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.”
In Sacramento, StoryCorps will partner with Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR station. Capital Public Radio News will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special content at capradio.org/storycorps. StoryCorps may also share excerpts of these stories with the world through the project’s popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.
“Everyone has a story to tell. Sacramento has long been and continues to be a diverse community, rich with history and culture,” says Rick Eytcheson, President and General Manager of Capital Public Radio. “The core of our mission is about great storytelling, so it’s exciting to partner with StoryCorps to allow Sacramentans to do just that.”
Local Support for StoryCorps is provided by: Sacramento Public Library, The Sacramento Public Library Foundation, The Sacramento Kings, Golden 1 Credit Union and the CapRadio Vehicle Donation Program.
Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given more than 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. In the coming years StoryCorps hopes to touch the lives of every American family.
StoryCorps has also launched a series of successful national initiatives, including:
The September 11th Initiative, helping families memorialize the stories of lives lost on September 11, 2001, in partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center;
The Griot Initiative, now the largest collection of African American voices ever gathered, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture;
The Historias Initiative, the largest collection of Latino and Latina stories ever gathered;
The Military Voices Initiative, honoring the stories of post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families;
StoryCorps OutLoud, which documents the powerful, varied experiences of LGBTQ people across America; and
StoryCorpsU (SCU), an interactive, standards-based college-readiness curriculum for high-needs schools uses StoryCorps content and interviewing techniques to engage the hearts and minds of young people and promote positive student outcomes.
With the 2015 TED Prize awarded to Dave Isay, StoryCorps has launched a mobile app that puts the StoryCorps experience entirely in the hands of users and enables anyone, anywhere to record meaningful conversations with one another. These interviews are preserved at the U.S. Library of Congress and on the StoryCorps.me website, a growing, global archive of the wisdom of humanity.
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