CHICAGO, Wednesday, January 23, 2013. What’s your story? Get ready to tell it. In partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Chicago Public Media, a permanent installation, StoryCorps Chicago will be launched this spring at the Chicago Cultural Center. The StoryCorps’ installation will give people of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories to be added to the oral history of America. In addition, the StoryCorps Chicago installation at the Chicago Cultural Center will feature an exhibition area that will allow visitors to listen to StoryCorps stories, watch a selection of StoryCorps Animated Shorts and learn more about how to participate in a StoryCorps interview.
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps Chicago will also have its own local series airing on WBEZ 91.5, featuring stories collected through the project. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants through a MobileBooth that travels the country along with permanent installations in major American cities including: New York City, San Francisco, and Atlanta.
“The idea behind StoryCorps was in many ways born in Chicago, and we are thrilled to launch our Midwest hub at the Chicago Cultural Center,” says Dave Isay, StoryCorps Founder. “StoryCorps is excited to give Chicagoland the chance to record their stories for American history, and to deliver our services to this great city for many years to come.”
The way StoryCorps works is your 40-minute conversation/interview will be recorded on two CD’s. One of the CD’s will be given to the participant and the other retained by StoryCorps so that it can be preserved and added to their collection of oral histories at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
What You Need to Know Before You Go.
Who Can Participate: Anyone with a story.
What: StoryCorps (pronounced Story Corp) will record the stories of local citizens, and even the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come to our city annually. This program will capture, record and share the personal reflections of family, love, immigration and courage and preserve them for always.
Where: The StoryCorps exhibition inside the Chicago Cultural Center will be located on the Michigan Avenue side of the building, just east of the Randolph Street Café and adjacent to the Michigan Avenue Galleries. The Cultural Center is at 78 E. Washington.
When: Recordings will take place on Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning in Spring 2013. Exhibit hours will be the same as the Chicago Cultural Center hours.
How: You can begin making reservations with StoryCorps starting Spring 2013, date and method, TBA.