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StoryCorps Launches National Tour

May 19 - May 28, 2005 at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress will host the national launch of the oral history project StoryCorps, created by award-winning National Public Radio documentary producer Dave Isay, from May 19 to May 28. Two MobileBooths in trailers will be stationed in front of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. as the first stop in their one-year tour to collect stories of ordinary Americans from across the United States.

Image of StoryCorps Mobile Recording BoothThe oral histories that StoryCorps collects will be given in digital form to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which has a statutory mandate to "preserve and present American folklife." StoryCorps is the first "born-digital" audio collection for the Center, the largest oral narrative collection in the nation.

In Washington, as in in every city and town where the visits will take place, about 100 interview slots are available at each of the two MobileBooths. At each booth, a trained facilitator will help create a question list and handle the technical aspects of the recording.

American Folklife Center Selected Interviews in the StoryCorps MobileBooths

Recording Schedule as of May 16, 2005

Date & Time Interview Teams
Thu., 5/19, 8 am Ben & Virginia Ali (Ben's Chili Bowl) / Kamal and Nizam Ali (sons)
Thu., 5/19, 9 am Sue Mingus / Dick Graham
Thu., 5/19, 9 am Chuck Brown / Robert Lee Brown (brother)
Thu., 5/19, 11 am Mayor Anthony Williams / TBD
Thu., 5/19, 2:30 pm Charlie Brotman / TBD
Thu., 5/19, 3:30 pm Billy Martin (Martin’s Tavern) / His children
Thu., 5/19, 4:30 pm Gordon Linton / Brian Cudahy
Thu., 5/19, 4:30 pm Kojo Nnamdi / Mike Nelson
Sat., 5/21, 9:30 am Evelyn Gould / Her daughters
Sat., 5/21, 11:30 am Barbu Alim / Illeana Alim (mother)
Sun., 5/22, 11:30 am Mike Regan / His daughters
Sun., 5/22, 2:30 pm Mike Mashon / His daughter
Sun., 5/22, 4:30 pm Stetson Kennedy / TBD
Mon., 5/23, 11:30 pm Prosser Gifford / TBD
Mon., 5/23, 12:30 pm
Tom Paxton / Midge Paxton (wife)
Mon., 5/23, 3:30 pm
Everett Alvarez / TBD
Tue., 5/24, 10:30 am James Billington / Mickey Hart
Tue., 5/24, 2:30 pm
Joe Wilson / Jon Lohman
Tue., 5/24, 3:30 pm Dan Sheehy / Luis Gonzalez
Wed., 5/25, 2:30 pm
Zade / Mary-Jane Deeb
Thu., 5/26, 11:30 pm
Alan Jabbour / Todd Harvey

Press contact for Library of Congress:
      Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940 or Joanne Rasi (202) 288-6999
Public contact:
      American Folklife Center (202) 707-5510


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