StoryCorps, the Groundbreaking Oral History Organization, to Visit Charleston
ETV Radio will host StoryCorps for four weeks to help record the stories of local residents
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2012
A great story is invaluable; it can brighten a day, create empathy and inspire others. StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, is coming to South Carolina to collect stories from the Palmetto State.
StoryCorps will bring their MobileBooth (an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio) to Concord Park (Ansonborough Field) in Charleston, SC from October 25, 2012 to November 19, 2012. Reservations will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 11 and can be made by calling StoryCorps' 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org.
StoryCorps' MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other, with a trained StoryCorps facilitator guiding the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.
In Charleston, StoryCorps will partner with ETV Radio, South Carolina's NPR affiliate. ETV Radio will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR's Morning Edition.
Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. By traveling to every corner of the country, StoryCorps currently has one of the largest collections of American voices ever gathered, with interviews collected from nearly 80,000 Americans in all 50 states.
"StoryCorps tells the true American story--that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism. Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten," said 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."
"This is a rare opportunity for individuals to place their lives into a national archive by simply stepping forward, and we're excited to offer Charlestonians this chance to tell their stories in their voice, in their way," said South Carolina ETV president Linda O'Bryon.
To ensure the diversity of our participants, StoryCorps sponsors major initiatives: StoryCorps Historias collects the stories of Latinos throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; StoryCorps Griot preserves the voices and experiences of African Americans; the Military Voices Initiative records, shares, and preserves the stories of post-9/11 veterans, active-duty service members, and their families; StoryCorps Legacy provides people with serious illness and their families the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories; and the September 11 initiative honors and remembers the stories of those most personally affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service. StoryCorps is also online at storycorps.org.
About StoryCorps: StoryCorps' mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps' award-winning broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps--all of which are New York Times best sellers. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.
South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.