StoryCorps update

Wow – time flies when you’re having fun – or something like that.   A week from tomorrow is our first official StoryCorps meeting.  Jenna Weiss-Berman, our coordinator, will be with us to outline how the project will work, help with the final selection for the StoryCorps mobile recording booth (it’s an Airstream) site, and talk with community leaders, like you, about how your organization, the people you serve, your friends, neighbors, and family, can participate in this unbelievable opportunity.

The Community Meeting will be Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm at the Library and we want to fill the meeting room with people who can act as ambassadors for this effort.  Social service agencies, all of our places of worship, neighborhood groups, schools, arts organizations, health care providers, all have part in getting the word out about StoryCorps.

We’re hoping that when the Airstream pulls out of Fort Wayne at the end of the July visit, it will carry with it stories from every demographic, every neighborhood, every ethnic background, every spiritual framework, every . . .well, every everything.  We want the stories that reside in the Library of Congress from northeast Indiana to be truly representative of the fabric of this area and for everyone, especially those who are traditionally underserved and often invisible, to be represented in our collection.

To make that happen will take all of us, reaching out to our own corner of the world to encourage people to participate.

We’d be pleased to have you join us at the Community Meeting on Wednesday.  Please just let us know you’re coming by contacting Lea at ldenny@nipr.fm or me, jbrown@nipr.fm.  Spread the word. Bring a friend. RSVP.

Anyone can make an appointment to participate in a StoryCorps interview.  Reservations will begin on June 24th and continue through July 9th. Interviews will begin July 9 and run through August 1. You can make a reservation online, or call the reservation line at 800-850-4406 (it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), after June 24.  And you can get all the answers to FAQs here.

It’s going to be great. Thanks for helping.

Joan

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