Since 2003, more than 35,000 everday people have shared life stories with family and friends in StoryCorps booths across the nation. With a generous donation from an anonymous source, the Alaska Initiative has made it possible for you to participate in one of the largest oral history projects undertaken. The generous donor chose Unalaska, Dillingham, Nome, and Barrow to host facilitators. Fairbanks and Juneau will also be documented by the facilitators from the 4 towns.
Meet your Unalaska facilitators.
This is a throwdown to all Unalaska bloggers and blog followers to pick up that phone and call Kristine at 359-8016 to schedule an appointment for your story. The Real Unalaska has already conversed with her sister. And word on the street is that she is bringing her cousin in on Saturday!
What happens at StoryCorps, you ask? You come in with a friend or family member. You fill out paperwork so that we can create a great database for your story. You have a 40 minute conversation with your partner about whatever you want to talk about. We record.
We ask you to sign a release so your story can be archived at the Library of Congress, the University of Alaska, and also locally, both at KUCB, and either the Library or the Museum; the release also allows NPR, APRN, and KUCB to edit the recordings for short stories to air. We take your picture to archive with the CD. We present you with a professional recording of your story. It takes about an hour.
Alena and Laresa talked about their art and growing up in Unalaska. Sam talked to his son-in-law, Caleb, about being a veteran of 3 wars. And although Zoya was totally tricked into coming in for a conversation with me, she had a great time and is very glad to have participated because she has something tangible to give to her children that tells them, perhaps, some things about her that they haven’t talked about.
tell your story. pass it on. it’s free!