StoryCorps, a national oral-history recording project that has gathered stories from everyday Americans on a wide array of topics, including haunted memories after 9/11, and African-American and Latino history, will be in Kentucky during the next two months.
The organization has archived interviews of more than 66,000 people nationwide since its start in 2003 and will spend the next two months recording in Whitesburg and Lexington. StoryCorps has been to Whitesburg once before.
StoryCorps interviews are broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition or at StoryCorps.org, and the conversations can be preserved at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps' MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Here is the schedule:
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Through May 14: Veterans Memorial Park, Whitesburg. Broadcast partner: WMMT-88.7 FM.
May 19 to June 25: Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, Cheapside Park, Lexington. Broadcast partner: WUKY-91.3 FM.
Reservations are required.The project is open to all and free; a $25 donation is suggested. To make reservations, call 1-800-850-4406 or go to Storycorps.org/record-your-story/locations.