Oral history project StoryCorps to visit Juneau Jan. 5-30

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008

StoryCorps, a national non-profit oral history project that aims to bring families, friends and neighbors closer together by listening to each other's stories, will be in Juneau from Jan. 5 to Jan. 30.

The Juneau public libraries will be a partner, along with KTOO and Alaska Public Radio Network, the Alaska State Library, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and other individuals and organizations.

A StoryCorps interview is a 40-minute conversation between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator is present throughout the interview process to help and to record the conversation. All participants will receive a copy of their recording on CD. If participants agree, additional copies will be sent to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library. A copy will also be kept by the Juneau public library. Excerpts of selected interviews will be broadcast on National Public Radio, Alaska Public Radio Network and KTOO.

The library has fliers about StoryCorps and a list of "great questions" to help prepare participants for the interview process.

For more information, visit www.storycorps.net. To schedule an interview, call 1-888-723-7020.

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