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StoryCorps to preserve stories of Vermont residents during Mobile Tour stop July 5 - August 2

Graphic: Laura Nakasaka; Photo: Ryan Dorgan
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Vermont Public

StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, comes to Harmony Lot in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont from July 5 - August 2 to record in-person and virtual interviews, as part of its Mobile Tour.

StoryCorps will host an open house on Friday, July 5 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to tour the mobile recording unit and meet local StoryCorps facilitators.

Reservations to record are open now and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting storycorps.org/vermont.

In addition to its month in Brattleboro, the Mobile Tour will stop in at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport July 19-22. Recording reservations for this site can also be made at storycorps.org/vermont.

In a StoryCorps interview, two people record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides them through the interview process. After each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a digital 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.

Now in its 19th year, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour has facilitated thousands of meaningful conversations between people who know and care about one another. Participants have the option of recording in-person or via StoryCorps’ Virtual Recording Booth, a video-conferencing platform that can be accessed remotely using an internet-connected device. Participants can learn more about these options at storycorps.org.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps has traveled to every corner of the country to record interviews in the organization’s effort to create a world where we listen closely to each other and recognize the beauty, grace and poetry in the lives and stories we find all around us.

“StoryCorps tells an authentic 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.

Vermont Public will produce a selection of the local interviews for broadcast and digital platforms throughout the month. StoryCorps may also share excerpts of these stories with the world through the project’s popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.

“Every day, Vermont Public celebrates the voices and lived experiences of Vermonters. StoryCorps is the ideal partner in that work, and we are thrilled to be part of bringing the mobile tour to Brattleboro and Newport this summer,” said Kari Anderson, senior vice president of audience & community.

StoryCorps is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

Michelle leads the team that oversees station branding, marketing, events, communications, and audience services. She joined VPR in 2002.
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