JUNEAU - Just as the 50th anniversary celebration of Alaska statehood commences, StoryCorps, a project to create an oral history of America, arrives in Juneau. StoryCorps Alaska kicked off in October and has since been recording throughout the state.
A StoryCorps interview is a 40-minute conversation between people who know each other, where the participants choose what they want to talk about.
In collaboration with KTOO, the Juneau Public Libraries and the Sealaska Heritage Institute, StoryCorps began its first recordings in Juneau on Monday. After the completion of StoryCorps Alaska in late April, the entire collection of recordings will be housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.
StoryCorps will host interviews through April 30 in Fairbanks, Nome, Barrow, Dillingham, Unalaska and Juneau while helping people who live in other parts of Alaska record their own stories. The idea is to honor and celebrate the diverse voices and experiences of Alaskans.
At the end of the interview, participants receive a free broadcast-quality CD to take home and share, and a copy of the interview will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
StoryCorps invites people to "tell your story." Appointments are available Monday through Thursday until Jan. 29 by calling 800-850-4406. For more information, call 888-723-7020 or visit www.storycorpsalaska.net.