What started out as single booth in New York’s Grand Central Station is expanding to Nashville.
Since 2003, the StoryCorps project has invited individuals to interview loved ones in a special booth. Recordings of the conversations are then archived by the Library of Congress, and Morning Edition airs excerpts each Friday.
Recently, the program began looking for places to host recording facilities for a year at a time. Next month, Nashville Public Library will become the second such StoryCorps partner.
The booth will be in the Main Library’s Nashville Banner Room, and the library will keep copies of interviews made here. Director Donna Nicely says it’s a natural compliment to the library’s own collection of local recordings, set to open in October.
“Part of the mission statement says we want preserve and share across generations the wisdom, culture, and history of our community. Well, this oral history center, the story corps exactly brings that mission alive.”
Nicely says the library will make a special effort to steer members of minority and immigrant communities into the StoryCorps booth. All participants will be given help preparing for the interview, plus their own cd copy of the conversation.
Story Corps producers have committed to airing segments of at least five Nashville interviews on National Public Radio. In addition, WPLN has the option to locally broadcast audio that’s collected here.