May 16, 2006 American Folklife Center to Host a Mobile Storycorps Booth to Record D.C. Stories from May 18 to May 29

Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Public Contact: Steve Winick, (202) 707-1732
Contact: American Folklife Center (202) 707-5510

WHO: Notable local personalities will share first-person stories with a friend or family member. Participants include Rep. Mel Watt and his cousin Melissa Williamson; Warren Brown, founder of Cake Love with his sister Lenora, professor of Theater at DePaul University; Murray Horowitz, director of the American Film Institute; Donald Scott, Deputy Librarian of Congress with his wife, Betty Jean; Richard Harrington, Washington Post music critic and his wife, Maureen, attorney at the Library of Congress; Judith Warner, New York Times best-selling author and host of an XM satellite radio show; Kojo Nnamdi, host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU Radio with his son Kehinde; Deacon Maccubbin, founder of Lambda Rising Bookstore and his partner, Jim Bennett, and many more.

WHAT: A celebration of the first anniversary of the successful StoryCorps National Tour, which launched at the Library of Congress in May 2005. One of the two mobile StoryCorps booths will return to the Library for 11 days of collecting stories.

WHEN: Media and press availability will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, on the Madison Plaza. David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, and Peggy Bulger, director of the American Folklife Center, will be available to answer questions. The StoryCorps booth will be open for viewing and photos. Several local personalities will be available to meet the press. Rain location: Madison Hall on the first floor of the Madison Building.

WHERE: The StoryCorps soundproof recording booth will be stationed in front of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

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PR 06-117
ISSN 0731-3527