Monday, December 20, 2010

Group that collects people's stories coming to Birmingham in January

Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 8:22 PM ??? Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 8:44 PM

A group that collects stories from people of all walks of life to preserve for future generations will be visiting Birmingham in January to capture true tales from local residents.

StoryCorps will have one of its MobileBooths -- a recording studio inside an Airstream trailer -- parked outside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute from Jan. 6-29 to record the stories of more than 120 people from the Birmingham area. Reservations are required and can be made on two days -- beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 23 and again on Jan. 7 -- by calling 1-800-850-4406 or going to the group's website at

Dave Isay, a documentary producer and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient, founded StoryCorps in 2003. The goal of the group is to give Americans of differing backgrounds and beliefs a way to record their stories. Participants are given a CD of the 40-minute interview and, with the participants permission, a copy is also put into the archives of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

"StoryCorps tells the true American story -- that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism," Isay says in a prepared statement. "Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten."

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